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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