Premier League clubs have branded the Government’s new quarantine rules ‘illogical’ — and are considering running meals-on-wheels services for self-isolating players and staff.
Last weekend, top-flight clubs were told that those who travel overseas — for any reason including European and international fixtures — must self-isolate for 10 days on their return, other than to train and play in games. Previously, no such restrictions were in place.
The Government say that the rules bring elite sport in line with the general public and point out a negative test upon return to the UK can see the 10-day period halved.
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Medical officers at some of those still involved in European competition, along with those who have international players, are stunned by the development, with one insider branding it ‘nonsense’.
‘If this is meant to protect the public, then what about the dozens of club staff who didn’t travel and who are to be exposed to those who did at the training grounds and at matches?’ they said.
‘Is their safety not as important? Do they not count? It just seems illogical.’
An email outlining the rules was sent to clubs on Sunday, with many raising concerns with the Premier League immediately.
The new quarantine rules have raised concerns for many top-flight clubs and those in Europe
The Football Association then liaised with the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) to flag up the issues. Further guidance, seen by Sportsmail, was sent out earlier this week, along with clarification. Yet clubs were informed that the rule stands.
While the situation may quickly change, it is understood that some clubs are planning to provide players with food packages to take home from the training ground while they are self-isolating and unable to go to the supermarket.
There are a host of international matches next month, including England’s visit to Albania on March 28.
When asked about the logic of the rule, the DCMS pointed out that those who go to the training ground and stadium for matches after returning from abroad are told to minimise contact with those staying on these shores.
Gareth Southgate’s England are due to travel to Albania for a World Cup qualifier next month
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