French clubs will not lend their foreign players to play matches for their national teams outside the European Union (EU) and the European Economic Area (EEA) during the next period of international matches, the Professional Football League (LFP) announced on Wednesday ).
The decision was made unanimously on Wednesday by the First and Second division clubs, the LFP said in a statement, in which it is specified that they apply a FIFA circular dated February 5, 2020 on travel restrictions worldwide. caused by the health crisis.
The clubs consider that the players who travel outside the EU in this international period, which will begin after next weekend, are not exempt from serving a quarantine upon their return, so they decided not to lend them to the national teams.
Due to the pandemic, FIFA authorized clubs not to loan their internationals to national teams if they were quarantined.
The decision will affect mainly several African teams, who have many players in the French championship, and who play the final stretch of the qualifying rounds for the Africa Cup of Nations (CAN) to be played in early 2022.
The decision adopted by the LFP does not affect the French internationals, who have to play two matches outside the EEA next week in the qualification phase for the 2022 World Cup, on the 28th against Kazakhstan and on the 31st against Bosnia-Herzegovina.
The French Football Federation (FFF) maintains contacts with the French Government so that the players do not have to quarantine when they return from these two duels.
For this, a bubble can be imposed on them to avoid contacts outside the group during their movements.
The French coach, Didier Deschamps, will announce this Thursday the call for those two games and for the one they will play at the Stade de France in Saint-Denis on the 24th against Ukraine.