Brighton and Hove Albion coach Graham Potter says they will make a decision in the upcoming week regarding which players they will be allowing to go on international duty.
This will be a major concern for coach Molefi Ntseki who needs his star player Percy Tau for the upcoming Afcon 2021 qualifiers against Ghana and Sudan later this month.
In February, the United Kingdom released a list of 33 countries that they put under the Red List travel ban catergory. These are countries where citizens are restricted from traveling to and in case of special travel they will be forced to quarantine for a minimum of 10 days before being allowed back into society.
This has caused a lot of chaos with countries across the world facing a dilemma of not getting their players for international duty.
In a more recent case, Zimbabwe’s Marvelous Nakamba was denied by Aston Villa to join the Warriors for their upcoming camp.
Ordinarily, Fifa rules force clubs to release players during international breaks, but the global football governing body has made a special exemption for teams to be able to refuse for their players to travel to countries where the virus infection rate is high.
The topic has become a talking point within the Premier League over the last few days with Liverpool not allowing players to travel to international matches in March if they have to quarantine on their return.
Brighton have a few players who are from these countries, the likes of Alexis Mac Allister (Argentina), Steven Alzate (Colombia) and Moises Caicedo (Ecuador) could all be denied to join their respective countries for this break.
Speaking to the media, Potter said they will engage Fifa and make a final decision on the matter.
“I think we are going to speak about it over the next few days and the upcoming week maybe with a bit more clarity from Fifa or whoever else can give us that information.
“But we will take the decision as a club, which is right for the players and for us and what we can do.
“It seems sensible to me that clubs should be able to decide in terms of what we have just come out of and that type of movement, and then to have a ten-day quarantine doesn’t make a lot of sense. But like I said, we will speak about it next week and then we will know for sure.”
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