BRAZIL are set to demand FIFA bans the Premier League stars who have been refused permission to fly home for their World Cup qualifiers.

FA chiefs in Rio will urge FIFA to impose the five-day rule preventing the nine stars including Alisson, Ederson, and Thiago Silva from playing in the first Prem games after the international break.

And Wembley will have no option but to uphold the suspensions and force the six top-flight clubs to omit their players.

The Brazilian FA (CBF) wrote to Liverpool, Manchester City, Everton, Chelsea, Leeds, and Manchester United to order them to release their players after Aston Villa and Spurs allowed Emi Martinez, Emiliano Buendia, Cristian Romero, and Giovani Lo Celso to fly back for Argentina duty.

That came despite last week’s “unanimous” decision of Prem clubs not to release players due to fly back to “red list” nations because of UK Covid rules.

With the Government declining to accede to a request by FIFA chief Gianni Infantino to void the strict 10-day hotel quarantine requirements, the clubs were fearful of the impact on the players’ mental and physical condition.

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It means Alisson, Fabinho and Roberto Firmino were among the Liverpool players who were told not to travel, while City were equally determined to keep Ederson and Gabriel Jesus in the country.

The other players retained by their clubs were Chelsea defender Thiago Silva, United midfielder Fred, Everton striker Richarlison, and Leeds’ Raphinha.

Following the receipt of the email demand – which cited the journeys of the Villa and Spurs players – the Prem clubs remained resolute on the issue.

But if FIFA imposes the bans which are laid down in the statutes and bind the FA to follow any disciplinary action, the clubs will be deprived of them for five days after the final match they miss.

With Brazil’s third qualifier against Peru in Recife taking place on Thursday in Brazil – the early hours of Friday in the UK – it would also deprive United of the services of Fred for their opening Champions League game at Young Boys Berne on September 14, while Thiago Silva would also miss Chelsea’s game with Zenit St Petersburg.

City and Liverpool, though, who play on Wednesday, September 15, would be allowed to field their Brazilians.

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