Red-list Argentina call up Premier League trio Emi Martinez, Giovani Lo Celso and Cristian Romero AGAIN despite farce which saw Brazilian health officials cause game to be abandoned

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  • Argentina have called up three Premier League players despite the previous spectacle
  • Brazilian health officials attempt to release four English-based players
  • Now, Martinez, Lo Celso and Romero have been recalled by Argentina
  • They are no longer required to quarantine in Argentina, but must do so upon return
  • Argentina is on the red list and travelers will have to quarantine for a period of 10 days

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Argentina have called up three Premier League players for a World Cup qualifier in October, despite the country remaining on the United Kingdom’s travel red list.

Last month, the Premier League issued a statement announcing that clubs had ‘reluctantly but unanimously’ decided not to release players for matches in red-list countries during the international break in September.

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But Amy Martinez, along with Aston Villa teammate Emiliano Buendia and Spurs duo Giovanni Lo Celso and Cristian Romero, allowed her to join the national team.

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This led to ridiculous scenes during Argentina’s qualifier with Brazil in Sao Paulo as local health officials came to the pitch to say that four England players needed to be quarantined, leaving the game after five minutes.

The quartet returned to the UK via Croatia to escape the quarantine.

Argentina have called up three Premier League stars for next month’s World Cup qualifiers, despite this month’s spectacle

Brazil's health authorities have abandoned Argentina's game with Brazil after four Premier League players did not quarantine when they arrived in South America

Brazil’s health authorities have abandoned Argentina’s game with Brazil after four Premier League players did not quarantine when they arrived in South America

And now, Villa goalkeeper Emiliano Martinez and Tottenham pair Giovanni Lo Celso and Cristian Romero have been included in the 30-man squad for games against Paraguay, Uruguay and Peru from October 8-15.

Most English clubs refused to release players called by South American nations for the qualifiers to be held earlier this month.

Argentine citizens are no longer required to quarantine after traveling to their home country from overseas if they are vaccinated and test negative for the coronavirus.

But anyone arriving in the UK from Argentina will have to quarantine for 10 days.

Villa goalkeeper Martinez travels to final qualifier

Spurs star Romero also decided to travel to red-listed country

Lo Celso included in September qualifiers

Amy Martinez (L), Cristian Romero (C) and Giovanni Lo Celso (R) have all been called

They will not have to quarantine in Argentina, but will have to do so when they return to the UK

They will not have to quarantine in Argentina, but will have to do so when they return to the UK

Villa and Tottenham each have top-flight fixtures on the weekend after the international break.

Dean Smith’s men are due to host local rivals Wolves on Saturday 16 October, with Nuno Espirito Santo’s Spurs scheduled to play at Newcastle the next day.

The Tottenham boss said last month that the club “cannot stop” Lo Celso and Romero from traveling, but it remains to be seen whether they will be allowed this time.

Football’s world governing body, FIFA, has the authority to impose a five-day suspension for players not issued for their national sides.

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