Officials announced on Friday that Premier League footballers who have been fully vaccinated against the CCP virus will be allowed to travel to countries on the United Kingdom’s Red List during this month’s international break. will be given.
The new rule will also enable players who play or train from red zone countries to be subject to a mandatory 10-day quarantine at “bespoke facilities” instead of hotels. Players who have not been fully vaccinated will still be subjected to quarantine at a hotel allotted by the government.
“We have worked closely with football authorities to achieve results that balance the interests of both the club and the country while maintaining the highest levels of public health and safety,” a government spokesman told Reuters news agency.
“These new measures will allow fully vaccinated players to carry out their international duties in the safest, most practical way possible, while allowing them to train and play with their clubs as soon as possible upon their return.”
The international break runs from 4 October to 15 October, with the Premier League restarting on 16 October.
Players traveling to countries red-listed by the UK government must follow a code of conduct that includes restrictions on transport, protocols on testing and social bubbles.
The “Red List exemption” prompted some criticism from Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp.
“It doesn’t seem like a real solution to me,” Klopp said during a news conference. “It’s a 10-day quarantine, allowed to play sports, allowed to go to work, not allowed to stay at home but no need to stay in a hotel chosen by any authority and you can choose it yourself “
“For the players after the international break, this would mean that they go with their national teams for 10-12 days and then they go into quarantine for 10 days away from their families. That is 22 days and the next international break is two weeks later,” he said.
Several clubs have refused to release players to “Red List” countries such as Brazil and Argentina during the September international break, and the Premier League is looking to avoid a similar situation that has angered national associations. .
The UK government has eased CCP virus rules after problems occurred during last month’s break.
Liverpool, Manchester United, Chelsea and Manchester City were among clubs that did not release players for the September break, as they would be traveling to countries on the UK’s COVID-19 Red List.
Reuters contributed to this report.
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