The Premier League clubs have decided not to release their players for international matches in case they are travelling to red-list countries next month. The decision has been made to avoid the ten-day quarantine that the players need to undergo upon arrival in England.
“Premier League clubs have today reluctantly but unanimously decided not to release players for international matches played in red-list countries next month.” the statement said. “The clubs’ decision, which is strongly supported by the Premier League, will apply to nearly 60 players from 19 Premier League clubs who are due to travel to 26 red-list countries in the September international window.”
“This follows FIFA’s current position not to extend its temporary release exception for players required to quarantine on their return from international duty.” the statement added. “Extensive discussions have taken place with both the FA and the Government to find a solution, but due to ongoing public health concerns relating to incoming travellers from red-list countries, no exemption has been granted.”
“If required to quarantine on return from red-list countries, not only would players’ welfare and fitness be significantly impacted, but they would also be unavailable to prepare for and play in two Premier League match rounds, a UEFA club competition matchday and the third round of the EFL Cup.” the statement concluded. “This period takes into consideration 10 days of hotel quarantine on return to England but does not include any additional time that would be required for players to regain match fitness.”