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Revealed: The CONMEBOL ruling on World Cup qualifiers that affects Tottenham

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CONMEBOL takes decision on FIFA World Cup qualifiers that affects Tottenham Hotspur

A report by football.london states that the CONMEBOL council has decided to postpone the FIFA World Cup qualifiers in South America, which is welcome news for Tottenham Hotspur.

The international break was scheduled to take place between 22nd March and 1st April. While this was not a problem in itself, the Covid-19 ruling by the UK government complicated it.

The new rulings require anyone coming back from ‘red list’ countries to the United Kingdom to quarantine for 10 days. The red list includes all of South America, Portugal, and some African countries.

Davinson Sanchez has represented the Colombian national team. (imago Images)
Davinson Sanchez has represented the Colombian national team. (imago Images)

This meant that had the qualifiers in South America gone ahead, clubs would have seen their players out of action for at least 10 days. This is why managers such as Jurgen Klopp, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, and Pep Guardiola kicked up a fuss about it.

Timely good news

But none of that is a problem now. The qualifiers for the 2022 FIFA World Cup in the South American continent will be rescheduled.

Spurs had Davinson Sanchez (Colombia), Erik Lamela, Giovani Lo Celso (both Argentina), Lucas Moura, and Carlos Vinicius (both Brazil) available for international selection.

Giovani Lo Celso, Erik Lamela, and Lucas Moura will all stay with Tottenham Hotspur this month after the new CONMEBOL ruling on FIFA World Cup qualifiers.
Giovani Lo Celso, Erik Lamela, and Lucas Moura will all stay with Tottenham Hotspur this month after the new CONMEBOL ruling on FIFA World Cup qualifiers.

And all 5 of them will now remain with the club until at least the summer. In normal circumstances, clubs would have to let players join their national teams for the international break mentioned in the calendar.

A new ruling by FIFA in response to Covid-19, however, allowed teams to stop their players from leaving the United Kingdom until the end of April. (h/t football.london)

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