The English club Aston Villa has released its two Argentine internationals, Emiliano Martínez and Emiliano Buendía, to play the qualifying matches for the 2022 World Cup in Argentina next week, despite the quarantine imposed by the British government upon his return and against the position shown by the Premier League on Tuesday.

“Aston Villa confirms that Emi Martínez and Emi Buendía have flown to join the Argentine national team, with the permission of the club and in accordance with FIFA regulations,” the club said in a statement this Sunday.

“The two players have agreed to make themselves available to Argentina for the two crucial qualifying matches against Venezuela and Brazil, but they will not participate in the third match against Bolivia,” to return earlier, requires Aston Villa.

On Tuesday, Premier League clubs unanimously decided “not to release players for international matches that take place in red-list countries” where the circulation of covid-19 is deemed too important by the British government.

Under current UK regulations, anyone returning from a red list country must be kept in isolation for ten days in a government-chosen hotel, regardless of their vaccination status.

Many South American countries are at risk and around 60 players from 19 clubs are affected by this measure.

With 12 points in 6 games, Argentina is second in the South American classification for the World Cup in Qatar, behind Brazil.