FIFA on Sunday welcomed the easing of quarantine rules that would allow Premier League players to travel to represent their countries in countries on the UK’s red list for travel. Several South American and African celebrities were not released by their clubs for an international holiday in September after they had to spend 10 days in quarantine at a government-mandated hotel upon their return to England.
The exemption only applies to those who have been fully vaccinated against the coronavirus, and players will still be required to stay alone in a club-provided hotel or private accommodation for 10 days. However, they will be allowed to play or train once a day.
“FIFA welcomes the UK Government’s decision to give fully vaccinated players the opportunity to represent their countries in future FIFA World Cup qualifiers and return from a red-listed country under personal quarantine,” World football’s governing body in a statement.
“We have worked closely with the UK Government, the Football Association and the Premier League to find an appropriate solution in the interest of all, and we believe this is a more desirable solution to the players situation in September.” The custom solution is still criticized by clubs because it can have a mental impact on players, who face spending up to three weeks without their families.
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp said on Friday, “Players go 10-12 days with their national teams. Then live 10 days away from his family. It’s another international break after 22 days and two weeks. It is not right to hand over the responsibility to the players. If you’re ready to do that, well, if not, stay here.”
Players also run the risk that they will not be able to travel if they are not fully vaccinated. “We recognize that this decision does not help every player and we look forward to future windows to explain more about the many measures being implemented to further improve the situation and reduce the risk of COVID transmission in the community. Commit to joining the discussion. The result of the players’ journey,” the FIFA statement added.