UK Government could hand Premier League clubs Covid-19 quarantine boost

Alisson Becker-Fabinho-Firmino-Liverpool
Alisson Becker-Fabinho-Firmino-Liverpool | Photo Credit: IMAGO

The UK government could be about to hand Premier League clubs a major boost by reviewing their COVID-19quarantine regulations.

According to a report from the Athletic, international players from Red-List nations could have their COVID-19 quarantines shortened upon returning to their clubs following international duty.

Current regulations state that footballers returning from Red-List countries will have to quarantine for 10 days, but the new rules would allow them to join their clubs after isolating for just five days.

The current regulations prevented Premier League clubs from letting their South American players from Brazil and Argentina leave during the last international break. The new decision will come as a blessing for the international teams.

In September, the Premier League clubs refused to release their players despite a warning from FIFA. It will be interesting to see if the situation changes over the next few weeks.

The decision of the Premier League clubs created major controversy and friction between the clubs and the international associations. Some of the Argentine players even bypassed the club’s regulations to join up on international duty, and they were unsurprisingly disciplined upon their return.

The government are currently considering the new plans, and a final decision is expected to be taken before the World Cup qualifiers next month.

The international matches are set to take place in the middle of October. If the new rules are in effect by then, Premier League players will miss just one game because of the quarantine regulations upon their return.