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Royal Roundup: EPL refuse to release National Team players from ‘red list’ countries

Kreilach letter to fans, Press transfers to LA, Vegas puts in strong bid for MLS expansion, Kane staying with Tottenham and more...

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The English Premier League announced that teams will not be releasing National Team players from England’s 60 “red-list” countries due to players having to face a 10-day quarantine upon return. Most of the counties impacted are from South Africa, South America, Central America, the Caribbean, and Asia. According to reports, nearly 60 players from 19 EPL teams have received call-ups to various countries on the list. Spain’s La Liga has also expressed support for any teams refusing to release players.

FIFA president Gianni Infantino released a statement urging teams to show solidarity for the ‘Global Game’ and release the players.



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