The decision affects about 60 footballers who had to travel in the next international break to 26 countries that appear on the British Government’s risk list
English clubs will not release about 60 foreign players called up to play international matches in September, in countries classified as risk zones due to elevated covid, which would force them to quarantine upon their return, the Premier League announced in a statement on Tuesday. .
“Premier League clubs have decided (on Tuesday) reluctantly but unanimously not to release players for international matches taking place in red-list countries next month,” the championship organizer wrote. This measure, which “they strongly support, affects about 60 players from 19 Premier League clubs who had to travel to 26 countries on the red list” where the English Government considers that the circulation of the coronavirus and its variants is very high.
According to the rules currently in force, anyone traveling to these countries must strictly isolate themselves for ten days in a hotel chosen by the authorities upon their return. Such a quarantine “would not only be very detrimental to the well-being and health of the players, but would also make them unavailable to play two days of the Premier League, one day of European competitions and the third round of the League Cup” says the statement.
Many South American countries appear on the red list, including Brazil and Argentina, who will meet on September 5 in Rio de Janeiro, as well as Uruguay, the selection of Manchester United striker Edinson Cavani. On Monday, the Egyptian Football Federation (EFA), another country on the red list, had already announced that the ‘reds’ had refused to release their forward Mohamed Salah.
“Premier League clubs have always supported the desire of players to represent their countries (…) However, the clubs have come to the conclusion that it would be totally unreasonable under the current circumstances,” according to their president, Richard Masters, cited in the text.