In a move that would allow Central and South American players to avoid a five game ban, the 20 Premier League clubs have reportedly com to an agreement to defy FIFA. Martin Lipton of the Sun has the story this morning.
Senior executives of the 20 clubs held a tele-conference on Thursday when they were informed of the lack of a solution.
And now the clubs are understood to have agreed that NONE of them will make any complaints of other Prem sides fielding ‘ineligible’ players or seek action by the League against their rivals.
League bosses are not expected to open any investigations as a result of the collective decision.
But that will throw the ball firmly back into FIFA's court as they have been effectively dared to step in and take further action against the clubs AND players.
It would be a bit of a bold move to disregard the guidance of the sport’s governing body, but the ban of player’s who were not released to travel to COVID hotspots just doesn’t feel appropriate.
If the report is true Manchester City will have their first choice keeper and their most effective forward so far this season available to select at King Power Stadium. If you see them in the XI tomorrow, you can bet the gentlemen’s agreement is on.