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Blackburn Rovers handed major Ben Brereton boost as FIFA issue statement

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Blackburn Rovers look set to have attacker Ben Brereton available for their next two games, at home to Luton Town and Hull City, despite the controversy surrounding his international call-up for Chile.

Following his outstanding performances for Chile at the Copa America this summer, the attacker had been called up for his country for this September’s international break.

However, government quarantine rules mean Brereton would have been forced to isolate for ten days on his return to England, which would have ruled him out of Blackburn’s next three games.

As a result, Rovers, as part of a unanimous agreement with the rest of the EFL, blocked Brereton’s call-up, just as Premier League did with a number of their South American players.

That had prompted Chile, along with Brazil, Mexico and Paraguay, to launch complaints to FIFA, which would have seen sanctions issued against those players involved. That would have come in the shape of a five-day ban, which would have ruled Brereton out of Rovers’ next two games.

But after much discussion, FIFA announced in a statement on Saturday morning that the four countries involved have now dropped their complaints, meaning Brereton ought to be available for Blackburn’s next two games.

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The statement notes that the complaints have been dropped as a show of a goodwill, after apparent indications from the UK Government that restrictions around quarantine for players will be relaxed for the October international break.

As a result, it looks as though Brereton will be able to feature for Blackburn when they host Luton on Saturday afternoon, and Hull on Tuesday night, with the door seemingly being opened for him to return to action for Chile next month.

The Verdict

This looks as though it will be a huge boost for Rovers ahead of their next two games.

Brereton has enjoyed an excellent start to the season, scoring three goals in five league games to top the club’s early season scoring charts.

His presence would have been a big miss for Rovers, particularly in two home games where he would surely have provided a lift for the Ewood Park crowd, meaning that having him available looks to be a welcome relief for Tony Mowbray’s side.

Indeed, Brereton’s exploits for Chile in the summer surely aided his strong start to the season for Rovers, so the fact he could get that lift again next month could help Blackburn when he returns from the next international break, meaning this looks as though it could yet work out rather well for the Championship club.


UCLan Sports Journalism graduate, been writing for Football League World since March 2019. I've previously worked for the likes of Blackburn Rovers and Opta, among others.

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