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EPL: South American stars cleared by FIFA to play this weekend

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FIFA has cleared South American players who did not honour their countries’ invitation during the international break, to play in the Premier League this weekend.

This means Premier League clubs including Liverpool, Manchester City, Manchester United and Chelsea will be able to field their South American and Mexican players in this weekend’s fixtures.

This follows extensive talks with FIFA, the Brazil, Chile, Paraguay and Mexico Football Associations.

They have all agreed to waive their automatic five-day restriction, which would have prevented a number of stars from featuring in the latest round of domestic matches.

It means the likes of Liverpool duo Fabinho and Alisson Becker, Manchester City’s Ederson and Gabriel Jesus, Manchester United midfielder Fred and Chelsea defender Thiago Silva are all free to play.

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EPL: Solskjaer reveals conversation with Ronaldo, Bruno Fernandes over penalties

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Manchester United boss, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, has revealed he has talked to Cristiano Ronaldo and Bruno Fernandes about who takes penalties for the team.

Fernandes has been responsible for United's spot kicks since he joined in January 2020.

The midfielder has converted 21 of 22 spot kicks, with a career record of 42 from 45.

Ronaldo’s return to Old Trafford, could force a rethink however, with the 36-year-old scoring 139 of 167 penalties during his trophy-laden career.

While Solskjaer stopped short of revealing who is the club’s no1 choice,...

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