The Premier League has announced that the players who have been fully vaccinated will be allowed to countries present on the United Kingdom’s red list when the international break commences.
These players will be allowed to return to the squad, play and train after quarantining upon return as per the government.
Several players were left fuming when their clubs refused to release them for representing their countries. Around 50 nations including Brazil and Argentina are a part of the ‘red list’ and the Premier League is looking to avoid running into a similar situation as last month when some national federations were angered.
The quarantine rules are followed very strictly and as per protocol the players returning to England from a red listed country were required to quarantine for 10 days in a hotel. But now, they will be quarantined in “bespoke facilities” and be allowed to train or play.
A government spokesperson told Reuters "We have worked closely with football authorities to achieve an outcome that balances the interests of both club and country while maintaining the highest levels of public health and safety,"
They added, "Our best defence against the virus is vaccination and these new measures will allow fully vaccinated players to fulfil their international duties in the safest, most practical way possible while allowing them to train and play with their clubs as early as possible upon their return."
The international break will be held from October 4 until October 15 with the Premier League resuming from October 16.
The players are set to be under “significant public health mitigations and protocols” when they leave the quarantine facilities in order to train or play for their club.
Jurgen Klopp, the manager of Liverpool Football Club said "You can choose the hotel yourself but food has to be delivered in front of your room door. You are not allowed to have any visitors. If that's the solution, I don't know where it's coming from," Klopp told a news conference.
"That would mean for the players that they go for 10-12 days with their national teams, then they go another 10 days away from their families into quarantine.
"That's 22 days! And then two weeks later, there's the next international break. That doesn't sound to me like a real solution."
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