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Blackburn Rovers agrees to release Diaz for Chile Qualifiers


Blackburn Rovers have reached an agreement with the Chilean football federation over the release of Ben Brereton Diaz in the October international break.

The Championship side announced they had reached a compromise with Chile whereby he will play in their first two World Cup Qualifiers next month against Peru and Paraguay on October 6 and 9 but miss the final qualifier of the window against Venezuela on October 13.

Rovers said he would return to the UK after the Paraguay game to “begin any required quarantine period and limiting the number of games he would miss for his club”.

Brereton Diaz had been among a group of English-based players who were set to be ineligible to play for their clubs over the weekend after four national associations – Chile, Brazil, Mexico, and Paraguay – asked FIFA to apply a restriction over their clubs’ decision not to release the players for international duty in the September window.

🇨🇱🤝 #Rovers have reached an agreement with the Chilean FA for Ben Brereton Diaz to be available for both club and country going forward.

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However, it emerged late on Friday night that the demand to enforce the restriction had been dropped following extensive talks with FIFA,which ensured that hitherto banned players took part weekend’s premier league matches.

Rovers manager Tony Mowbray said: “We’ve tried to do a deal with (Chile). They’ve withdrawn their complaint to FIFA, we’ve said that Ben can go in the next international window, and let’s see what the world is like then, whether red zone countries are still red zone countries.

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