Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, Manchester United coach, stated that he could not authorize his half Bruno Fernandes to travel with the Portugal team in the international break this March if the player has to remain in quarantine for 10 days on his return to England. . Jurgen Klopp also thinks the same and said on Wednesday that Liverpool will not allow the Portuguese Diogo Jota or the Brazilians Alisson, Fabinho and Roberto Firmino to travel.
The United Kingdom’s health regulations regarding Covid require travelers from Portugal to be quarantined.
FIFA stated that clubs can refuse to give up their players to their respective national teams if they must remain in quarantine for more than 5 days upon their return.
Solskjaer said: “We haven’t made a decision on this, but it doesn’t make sense if you lose your player for 10 days of isolation. We are the ones who pay the players … FIFA has dictated the rule that they do not have to be loaned so it will be a difficult decision to let them play in countries on the red list ”.
Portugal will face Azerbaijan, Serbia and Luxembourg on March 24, 27 and 30 respectively in the qualifying phase for the Qatar 2022 World Cup. If he had to pass the 10-day quarantine, Bruno Fernandes could miss the games against Brighton at Old Trafford (April 3) and the away match against Tottenham (10) l.
“I want Bruno to be ready for Brighton and I hope we pass in Europe and against Tottenham after that break,” Solskjaer added on Wednesday.
Also Jürgen Klopp, Liverpool’s coach, referred to this issue, a few hours that Solskjaer, and said that, if they have to remain in quarantine after returning to United Kingdom, his club will not let Brazilian players go with their teams Alisson Becker , Fabinho and Roberto Firmino or the Portuguese Diogo Jota.