Report: Clubs and Federations Looking to Withhold Players for the Next FIFA Window Due to Coronavirus Cases in Some Countries

The FIFA international break resumes next month as plenty of federations are beginning to hold 2022 World Cup qualifications. 

However, with the coronavirus pandemic hitting various countries for what seems to be the third wave, clubs and federations are hesitant to let players depart, Le Parisien reports.

According to the French media outlet, places like the United Kingdom have placed 30 countries, such as Brazil, Argentina, and Portugal, on its red list and require anyone traveling to those locations to isolate for ten days, without exception. 

Furthermore, the European Union has a pact in which anyone arriving in countries like France needs to quarantine for a week. These quarantine mandates have clubs all over Europe looking to hold onto their players. 

CONMEBOL is already on top of this matter as it understands the possibility of players from Europe not arriving. Diario AS reports that the South American federation could look to postponing their March slate of World Cup qualifying fixtures. 

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