Jordan and White discuss Leeds and Liverpool forfeiting game if Brazilians play
Jim White and Simon Jordan are fuming with FIFA and the Brazilian federation over the controversy involving Leeds United player Raphinha.
The Elland Road outfit would be handed a fine and forced to forfeit the match should they decide to field the 24-year-old against Liverpool.
The Reds also have Brazilians who were forced to miss the last international games due to COVID-19 and quarantine rules.
As a result, Brazil urged FIFA to impose a ban on the Leeds star and his Liverpool counterparts, and Jordan and White want to know what would happen if both clubs field the South Americans on Sunday.
Jordan asked on talkSPORT (as shown on their official Twitter account on Thursday afternoon): “Are you going to let these federations and FIFA do what they are doing? Which is ridiculous to sanction clubs on the basis of players who have to quarantine on their way back, and seem to have to quarantine on their way out. It’s absurd.
White replied: “It seems absurd. Absolutely absurd. The punishment is hectic. If they start them this weekend. This is for real. Article 22 of FIFA’s disciplinary code. If they ignore the rule, the game is indeed forfeited 3-0.
Jordan then asked: “If Leeds play Raphinha and Liverpool play their Brazilians in the same game, do both sides lose 3-0!? They can’t do it. It’s ridiculous.”
😡 “It’s ridiculous! It’s absurd!”
🤷♂️ “If #LUFC play Raphinha and #LFC play their Brazilians in the same game, do both sides lose 3-0!?”@SJOpinion10 can’t believe the Brazilian Football Federation is trying to block players from playing in the PL! pic.twitter.com/fC0bbs45wu
— talkSPORT (@talkSPORT) September 9, 2021
South American countries and Premier League clubs have not been able to find a way to resolve this issue, and they are not doing their players any favour.
Raphinha would have loved to travel and play for Brazil after earning his first-ever call-up, but the complicated quarantine and COVID-19 rules ruined his chances.
At the moment, Leeds are unable to field him against Liverpool, while Jurgen Klopp’s men will be unable to play Alisson, Fabinho and Roberto Firmino too.
Both teams fielding their Brazilians will result in a 3-0 forfeit, but exactly how that will be implemented remains to be seen.
They are not likely to be keen to know things would go if they field the players in questions, and both clubs are expected to prevent any problems by adhering to the FIFA ban.
The South American countries and the Premier League clubs need to find a solution ahead of the qualifiers in the coming months, and it will be interesting to see what they come up with.
In other Leeds news, player has made decision on his future after failed Elland Road move.