Good news for African players playing in the French championship. After being banned from travel during the international break, the players summoned to join their selections for the CAN 2021 qualifiers will now be able to travel thanks to a derogation from the Ministry of Sports.
“The Ministry of Sports confirms that internationals returning from official competition outside the EU with their national, French or foreign team are exempt from the septaine as soon as compliance with a strict health and medical protocol is guaranteed (bubble + daily PCR test when returning to the club). They will therefore be able to train and play without the application of a seven-day period ”, can we read on the press release.
Under a FIFA circular, dated February 5, authorizing clubs not to release their selected internationals outside the EU (European Union) / EEA (European Economic Area, the same 27 countries + Norway, Iceland and Liechtenstein) if an isolation of at least five days had to be respected on their return, all the 40 clubs of Ligue 1 and Ligue 2 had signed an agreement to block these internationals, who risked missing the competitions in early April, after have observed a compulsory seven-day isolation period imposed by the French government.
A real relief for Vahid Halilhodzic who had expressed his dissatisfaction with this FIFA decision. “I do not understand this decision of FIFA”, declared Vahid Halilhodzic, in the program “L’Equipe du Soir”. “It’s always an event for a player to come and play in Africa, and we deprive him of that. It’s unfair, unsportsmanlike and even discriminatory, because not all players are affected ”, he added.
As for the Moroccan players, only Nayef Aguerd is concerned, the Stade Rennais player was summoned by the coach of the Atlas Lions to take part in the two matches counting for the 5th and 6th days of the qualifiers (group E) of the 33rd edition of the CAN against Mauritania and Burundi.