Red-list Argentina call up Premier League trio Emi Martinez, Giovani Lo Celso and Cristian Romero AGAIN despite farce which saw Brazilian health officials cause game to be abandoned
- Argentina have called up three Premier League players despite previous farce
- Brazilian health officials attempted to quarantine four English-based players
- Now, Martinez, Lo Celso and Romero have been called up by Argentina again
- They are no longer required to quarantine in Argentina but must do so on return
- Argentina is on the red-list and travellers must quarantine for a period of 10 days
Argentina have called up three Premier League players for World Cup qualifiers in October, despite the country remaining on the United Kingdom’s travel red list.
Last month, the Premier League released a statement declaring clubs had ‘reluctantly but unanimously’ decided not to release players for matches in red-list countries during the international break in September.
But Emi Martinez alongside Aston Villa team-mate Emiliano Buendia and Spurs duo Giovani Lo Celso and Cristian Romero were permitted to join up with their national team.
That led to farcical scenes during Argentina’s qualifier with Brazil in Sao Paulo as local health officials came on to the pitch to say the four England-based players were required to quarantine, leading to the game being abandoned after five minutes.
The quartet returned to the UK via Croatia to avoid having to quarantine.
Argentina have called up three Premier League stars for next month’s World Cup qualifiers despite this month’s farce
Brazilian health officials caused the Argentines’ game with Brazil to be abandoned due to four Premier League players not quarantining on arrival to South America
And now, Villa goalkeeper Emiliano Martinez and Tottenham duo Giovani Lo Celso and Cristian Romero have been included in a 30-man squad for games against Paraguay, Uruguay and Peru between October 8 and 15.
Most English clubs refused to release players called up by South American countries for qualifiers staged earlier this month.
Argentine nationals no longer need to quarantine after travelling to their home country from overseas, if they are vaccinated and test negative for coronavirus.
But anyone arriving in the UK from Argentina must quarantine for 10 days.
They won’t have to quarantine in Argentina but must do so when they return to the UK
Villa and Tottenham each have top-flight fixtures the weekend after the international break.
Dean Smith’s men are due to host local rivals Wolves on Saturday October 16, with Nuno Espirito Santo’s Spurs scheduled to play at Newcastle the following day.
The Tottenham boss said last month that the club ‘cannot stop’ Lo Celso and Romero from travelling, but it remains to be seen whether they will be permitted this time around.
Fifa, football’s world governing body, has the authority to enforce five-day suspensions for players not released to their national sides.