FIFA President Gianni Infantino has issued a statement appealing to stakeholders in World football to be fair in handling players for international break as the season kicks off.
The statement which was shared on the Rendezvous AIPS Africa by its president Mr. Mitchell Obi reads as follows:
“Together, we have faced major problems in the past, and we must continue to do so in the future. The availability of players for the next international windows is a matter of great urgency and importance.
I am grateful for the support and cooperation shown by many football stakeholders during this difficult time. I call for the solidarity of every member association, league and club to do what is fair and equitable for world football.
Many of the best footballers on the planet play in England and Spain, and we believe that these countries also share the responsibility of preserving and protecting the sporting integrity of competitions around the world.
I have written to British Prime Minister Boris Johnson about the quarantine restrictions on players returning to England after staying in Red List countries. I asked him for the necessary support, in particular so that these players are not deprived of the opportunity to represent their country in qualifying matches for the FIFA World Cup – one of the highest honors for a footballer. professional.
I have suggested that a similar approach to that taken by the UK government in the EURO 2020 finals be implemented in view of the upcoming international matches. Together, we have already shown a lot of solidarity and unity in the fight against Covid-19.
Today, I ask everyone to do their utmost to ensure that international footballers are available for the upcoming FIFA World Cup qualifying matches. “