Due to their unwillingness to receive the covid-19 vaccine, several players might be asked to enter coronavirus quarantine upon arriving at this year’s FIFA World Cup.
Presently, there are no player exceptions to Qatar’s entrance regulations, which demand that all non-vaccinated international players spend five days quarantined in a hotel.
It emerged after Crystal Palace football club was pressured by the authorities to drop players from their team tour to Singapore and Australia. They “did not meet the entrance criteria” when it was scheduled. Chelsea also announced that N’Golo Kante and Ruben Loftus-Cheek would skip their pre-season tour to the United States of America due to their “Covid vaccination status.”
While Loftus-Cheek was also a member of the English team that advanced to the semi-finals of the FIFA World Cup 2018, he has not competed for his side since that tournament. Kante was one of the heroes of France’s 2018 FIFA World Cup victory and might be a key player in defense of their trophy.
Potential English team members Marc Guehi and Eberechi Eze, as well as Belgian attacker Christian Benteke, were among the players who did not participate in Crystal Palace’s tour. The club simply confirmed that those absent were “not currently fit,” without saying if they were staying home because of their Covid vaccination status.
Among the other significant omissions were Wilfried Zaha, Michael Olise, James McArthur, Jeffrey Schlupp, and Will Hughes. Those who were dropped will be “located in South London for a domestic training and games schedule headed by assistant manager Osian Roberts,” according to a statement from Crystal Palace.
The day following their match against Leeds United in Perth, Australia, they announced a pre-season friendly against Queens Park Rangers. They told two more games that had been planned expressly for players who had been left behind. At the pandemic’s peak, countries like Australia and the US banned unvaccinated international players.
Before their nation’s opening match starts, the unvaccinated players in the squad of the FIFA World Cup must be allowed to finish their quarantine in Qatar.
“All players are required to abide by the most recent Ministry of Public Health instructions and Qatari government travel advice. As the competition draws near, complete information on COVID-19 safety precautions will be distributed to all partner organizations, according to FIFA.