The International Federation of Football Associations (FIFA) announced late, yesterday, Thursday, that it had made amendments to the rules for recalling players to the national teams in the upcoming international matches, in light of the clubs’ concerns about quarantine procedures in light of the emerging Corona virus pandemic.
FIFA has published a detailed protocol regarding future international matches, which include friendly matches, matches in the European Nations League and World Cup qualifiers.
The new protocol includes the application of the regulations in the usual manner, with the exception of cases that witness a mandatory quarantine or self-isolation period of at least 5 days in the place where the club is located or upon arrival at the place where the international match is held.
Clubs are entitled not to allow their players to join the national team “in the event of travel restrictions to or from another location” or “in the event that no exception is granted to players by the relevant authorities.”
And before the international matches that took place last September, FIFA relaxed the rules for the clubs’ obligation to send players to the national teams, if the teams were playing in countries classified as dangerous areas for HIV infection.
The clubs had hoped that FIFA would take a similar decision before the next international matches scheduled for this October, especially with the increasing number of people infected with the virus and classifying more countries and regions as hot spots.
The director of football at German club Augsburg, Stefan Reuter, said in statements published by “Kicker” magazine yesterday, Thursday, “For me, it is ridiculous to send players to dangerous areas. It is FIFA’s mission to transfer those matches or work to ensure that players are not obligated to submit to quarantine.” After their return. “
The managing director of the German League, Christian Schaefert, said he had hoped the situation would be different when talking about international matches and the busy schedule of matches during this season.
“National federations have sponsors and partners who represent important sources of income. Especially for smaller unions in Europe,” Schaefert added.