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FIFA welcomes quarantine exemption for UK-based international

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FIFA said it has worked closely with the UK government, the FA and the Premier League to find an appropriate solution.© AFP

FIFA on Sunday welcomed the easing of quarantine rules that would allow Premier League players to travel to represent their countries in the UK’s red-listed countries for travel. Several South American and African stars were not released by their clubs for the September international holiday because they would have to spend 10 days in government-mandated hotel quarantine upon their return to England. The exemption only applies to those who are fully vaccinated against the coronavirus and players will still be forced to stay in a club-provided hotel or private accommodation for 10 days.

However, they will be allowed to go out for play or training once a day.

World football’s governing body said: “FIFA will allow the UK to allow fully vaccinated players the opportunity to represent their countries in upcoming qualifying matches for the FIFA World Cup and return to quarantine conditions from a red-listed country.” We welcome the decision of the government.” a statement.

“We have worked closely with the UK Government, the Football Association and the Premier League to find an appropriate solution in the best interest of all, and we believe this is a more desirable solution to the situation the players faced in September. had encountered.”

The bespoke solution is still criticized by clubs because it can have a mental impact on players, who face spending up to three weeks without their families.

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp said on Friday: “The players go with their national teams for 10-12 days. Then go into quarantine another 10 days away from their families. That’s 22 days and two weeks later another international.” There’s a break.”

“It’s not okay, we just put the responsibility on the players. If you’re ready to do that that’s fine, if not then stay here.”

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Players also run the risk that they will not be able to travel if they are not fully vaccinated.

“We recognize that this decision does not help every player and we look forward to the upcoming window to explain more about the many measures being taken to further improve the situation and reduce the risk of COVID transmission in the community. We are committed to joining the discussion on the player’s journey,” the FIFA statement said.

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