The British government will not give any exemption to footballers returning from “forbidden countries”.
And if the Premier League was upset by the international window of March? While UEFA, by maintaining its 3 windows from last fall (while adding a match in October and October!), Has particularly overloaded the calendar of European clubs, it is the qualifiers for the 2022 World Cup which will disrupt the 2020-2021 season in March.
In England, where Covid-19 is still causing as much damage (199,360 cases over the last 14 days in the United Kingdom), the departure of international players is a real problem. The British government has indeed drawn up a red list of banned countries and a member of the Department of Transport assured the Daily Mail that no exemptions will be given to high-level athletes, the rules being the same “for everyone”.
Thus, people returning from most countries in South America, some countries in South Africa but also the United Arab Emirates and … Portugal (!) Must observe a quarantine of 10 days in one of the listed hotels by the state. According to the English media, there is little chance that this restriction will change in a month.
MU without Fernandes or Cavani?
More than 40 internationals are therefore likely to miss the two days of the championship which will follow the international window. And not the least, since Manchester City would evolve without Ederson, Ruben Dias, Bernardo Silva or Riyad Mahrez (who is due to play in Zambia), Liverpool could be deprived of their Brazilians Alisson, Fabinho and Roberto Firmino, and Manchester United of Bruno Fernandes and Edinson Cavani !
Faced with this unprecedented situation, the PL clubs could however decide not to cede the players concerned. Fifa assured last week that the clubs were not obliged to release their players who were forced to observe isolation for more than 5 days upon their return to their club. This will do the business of Wolverhampton, which has many Portuguese players in its squad …
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