A group of Premier League clubs including Chelsea have banded together to charter a private jet to fly their South American players back to the UK following the international break, it has been reported.
Manchester United, Liverpool and Manchester City are also said to be involved in chartering the aircraft to bring the players back to British soil, the Daily Mail reports.
The flight will reportedly fly nine players taking part in the Brazil vs Uruguay World Cup qualifier in Manaus, which will kick off at 1.30am UK time on Friday.
Chelsea’s Thiago Silva is in the Brazil squad for the World Cup Qualifiers and is reported to be among the players being lined up for a seat on the flight.
But Thiago Silva will not feature in his club’s match against Brentford on Saturday night as he will still have to quarantine upon return, having visited red-list country Colombia for his country’s 0-0 draw on Sunday.
Before the international break, the Government agreed to a ‘bespoke exemption’ from the usual restrictions, which require individuals returning to the UK from countries deemed to be high risk in terms of coronavirus to quarantine in a Government-approved hotel for 10 days.
Under the exemption, fully vaccinated professional footballers were allowed to quarantine in a club-approved facility for 10 days instead, leaving only to train or play, but were not allowed to isolate at home.
Spurs’ Giovani Lo Celso and Cristian Romero, Aston Villa’s Emi Martinez, Man United’s Edinson Cavani and Newcastle’s Miguel Almiron will not have to undergo the 10 days in isolation after their countries were removed from the red list.
Just seven countries remain on the red list following the latest changes.
They are Colombia, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Haiti, Panama, Peru and Venezuela.
It means Spurs’ Davinson Sanchez and Everton’s Yerry Mina will have to quarantine, along with Brighton’s Ecuadorian international Jeremy Sarmiento.
Brazil’s nine Premier League players will also have to quarantine following their game in Colombia, meaning the likes of Man City’s Ederson and Gabriel Jesus and Liverpool’s Alisson and Fabinho will also miss out this weekend.
Source by Football London