UEFA Urges Soccer Player Exemptions from a Long Break
Players Are Set To Play Spanish and Premier League
There are overall 55 national soccer teams from Europe who are ready to travel across the continent to kick-off Nations League which will be qualifying during September. According to UEFA, it will stick to its recent upgraded policies of not including the audience or fans inside the stadium during all soccer matches.
UEFA states that professional players who are coming from clubs outside the countries might be at a high risk of quarantine measures. After a few days, a number of players are ready and prepared to play the matches on opening weekends followed by Spanish league and Premier League.
The official soccer body of Europe hosted a conference call with several officials from all the member countries and discussed player exemptions. During the call, various associations urged the government to exempt team members and players of several clubs so that they can compete in this year’s soccer matches.
The players who will be coming from different countries will be tested and will follow all the COVID-19 health protocols set by the local authorities. The players will follow all the restrictions and rules to ensure that their exemption does not cause any kind of risk for the community.
UEFA is the one and only continental governing bodies of FIFA that gave permission to conduct national soccer team games in September. According to UEFA, the other selected countries for the match could step in if the recent local rules could place the staging of the game in jeopardy.
The matches organized by UEFA in August were severely affected by the players that were quarantined by the national authorities.
Several Matches Scheduled Following the Pandemic
A Kosovo player named Drita denied playing the preliminary round of Champions League match in the past week in Switzerland. He made this decision when the local health authorities tested and found two players resulted positive for COVID-19.
Moreover, another team player from Kosovo named FC Prishtina decided to move to Gibraltar to play a major Europa League on Saturday. The champion league was then postponed on Tuesday. On the other hand, eight players were tested positive for COVID-19 during Lincoln Red Imps. As a result, UEFA decided to delay the match for four days.
On this Wednesday, a Slovakian based club named Slovan Bratislava played a match in Faeroe Islands facing KI Klaksvik. The game got postponed later due to the concern for exposure to the COVID-19.
UEFA Permits Super Cup Trial for Audience to Return to Stadiums
As per the UEFA, it expects to see the Super Cup match in Budapest at the end of September. During September, limited fans will be allowed to watch and enjoy the matches inside the stadium. All the winners and professionals of Europa League and Champions League will be seen together in the Super Cup match.
Europa League and Champions League are recently being held in places which have not recorded any cases from COVID so far. These matches are held in close doors in order to prevent the spread of the virus in that region.
UEFA further added that it would be too early now to enable the audience to attend this month’s Nations League internationals.
However, it considered the way for trial matches to examine the impact of spectators on recent health protocols.
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