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Pep Guardiola will not allow players to fly for international football if they will have to quarantine


Pep Guardiola of Manchester City will join Jurgen Klopp of Liverpool in not allowing his players to fly for international football if they will have to quarantine upon their return.

Arrivals from red-list travel-ban countries are required to stay in a hotel for ten days under current coronavirus guidelines.

FIFA has granted clubs a waiver to prohibit players who may be affected by the rules from entering their national teams during the international window, which begins at the end of the month.

Several Premier League managers have followed Klopp’s lead after he announced on Tuesday that he would use that rule to inform affected players that they would be unable to travel.

Guardiola said that he would never prevent players from representing their country, but that he would make an exception as his team approaches the Premier League championship.

“It makes no sense to me if the players go to the national team and then have to isolate for ten days when they return,” he said.

“We’ve worked extremely hard for seven, eight, or nine months, and the real part of the season begins after the international break, and it makes little sense if important players, maybe six, seven, eight, or nine players, are unable to play for ten days. They won’t be able to ride. That is undeniable. They’ll fly if they can fly, play for the national team, and then return to training.”

Some countries have shifted their fixtures to prevent travel restrictions.

Portugal has announced that they will play Azerbaijan at home in Turin, while Norway will play Turkey in Malaga.


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