By Mark Smith

2nd Sep, 2021 | 3:10pm

Leeds could be hit by FIFA sanction over Raphinha decision

Leeds United could be hit by a FIFA sanction in the coming weeks for not releasing Raphinha for international duty.

The Brazilian was handed his maiden call-up this season, but COVID-19 exceptions led to Premier League clubs taking that away.

Any player who went to South America during this break would have been forced to quarantine, meaning Raphinha would have missed the Liverpool clash.

The Times have shared the latest update on Thursday.

It is reported that three South American countries have asked FIFA to impose a new sanction on these clubs, with Brazil expected to make it a fourth.

The new sanction would be the five-day rule, meaning that the 10-day quarantine is cut in half for Premier League players.

Clubs in the top-flight have been described as insisting this is “unwelcome” but better than the initial rule.

Problem.

The one issue that Leeds and Bielsa have is that Raphinha is clearly jubilant about this call-up and the chance to represent his country.

It was a smart decision to block this at first, but the last thing everyone at Elland Road would want is making the winger unhappy.

Brazil are expected to make their demand to FIFA, asking them to impose the five-day rule on nine Premier League players from six clubs.

Raphinha is no doubt one of them, and he is likely to be handed this chance during the October break.

Thankfully, Southampton is the game he would miss and everyone would prefer that to the blockbuster clash with Liverpool next week.

Expect movement on this very soon.

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