The British government shocks FIFA and refuses to join the ranks of the Egyptian national team, Mohamed Salah

The British government shocks FIFA and refuses to join the ranks of the Egyptian national team, Mohamed Salah

The British government refused to allow professional players in the English Premier League, led by Egyptian international Mohamed Salah, to participate in their national teams during the international agenda scheduled for next September and October.

Boris Johnson’s government received today a letter from the Swiss Gianni Infantino, President of the International Football Association:
He calls for the easing of restrictions imposed on professional Premier League players so that they can participate with their national teams in the international agenda for the upcoming Qatar 2022 World Cup qualifiers.

The English Premier League had announced earlier its strong refusal to allow players to participate with their national teams in the countries that fall within the red zone of the Corona virus, where they number 60 players.

The British government reported its response to Sky Sports, saying:

Its top priority and concerns about foreign variables mean there is no way the rules can be relaxed for professional footballers.

In its report, Sky Sports explained:

The British government confirmed that the current situation is different from Euro 2020 when all players were contained within specific bubbles and travel was less.

In a related context:

The International Football Association (FIFA) commented in an official statement on the crisis surrounding the refusal of the English Premier League and Spanish Premier League clubs to join their teams during the upcoming international break due to the red list.

The English Premier League and Spanish Premier League clubs refused to have their players join their national teams during the international break due to the red list related to travel restrictions due to Corona.

“We have faced global problems together in the past and we must continue to do so in the future,” FIFA President Gianni Infantino said in a statement.

Gianni added:

“Allowing players to participate in upcoming international competitions is of great urgency and importance and I am grateful for the support and cooperation from the many stakeholders in the game during this challenging period.”

Gianni continued:

“I call for a show of solidarity from every member association, every league and every club to do what is right and just for the global game. Many of the world’s best players compete in the leagues in England and Spain.”

Gianni continued:

“We believe these countries also share a responsibility to maintain and protect the sporting integrity of competitions around the world in relation to the issue of quarantine restrictions in England for players returning from Red List countries.”

Gianni added:

“I have written to Prime Minister Boris Johnson and plead in particular to provide the necessary support so that players are not deprived of the opportunity to represent their country in qualifying matches and World Cup matches which is one of the World Cup matches that is the greatest prize for a professional footballer.”

Gianni continued:

“I have suggested that an approach similar to that adopted by the UK government be applied to the final stages of Euro 2020 for the upcoming international matches.

Infantino concluded his statement by saying:

“Together we have shown solidarity and unity in the fight against COVID-19 and now I urge everyone to ensure the release of international players for the upcoming World Cup qualifiers.”

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