Burnley’s attempt to rescue Victor Moses from the distress of being left in limbo in warring Russia has been blocked by the Premier League.
The Nigerian national is still playing for Spartak Moscow, and has been isolated in the Russian capital away from his friends and family since the invasion on Ukraine.
Following the crisis, there is a special dispensation for foreign footballers contracted to clubs in Ukraine and Russia to join other clubs outside the warring countries.
FIFA gave the players this opportunity because football leagues have been put on hold in the two countries due to the ongoing conflict. In the wake of the war, the world football governing body suspended the contracts of foreign professional footballers in the two countries.
This means that all the foreign players in the two countries are free to join any club that is interested in them for the rest of the 2021-2022 season. Just like many other foreign players currently stuck in Russia, Victor Moses needs a new club so he can continue with his professional football career.
Burnley decided to make an effort in bringing the former Nigerian national to the club. The Premier League board felt that the move was against the sporting integrity of the league and thus blocked the move.
Moses remains cut adrift from his family despite hoping the Premier League would show an element of compassion and grant him the opportunity to return to England, outside the transfer window.