(ANSA) – ZURICH, December 26 – Players from national teams that play in the African Cup from January 9 to February 6 will remain with their respective clubs until January 3. This was announced by FIFA after discussions with the Café or the Confederation of African Football. The latter body has in fact given its approval to a proposal to postpone the date to 27 December, when the clubs should have ‘released’ the called players. Of all this, it has been specified, the ECA, an association of the main European clubs, has already been notified, as well as the Premier League, which will play other league matches over the next few days, including until 3 January, to Africans. will also be able to play. (See Liverpool with Mane and Salah, who will be able to play 2 in the big match against Chelsea). In total, the team is 40 for the African competition, playing in English teams.
Certainly these clubs had sought an exemption from FIFA, and were therefore satisfied, the same goes for the French clubs, who would play 16/i of the National Cup on 2 and 3 January.
FIFA Deputy Secretary-General Mattias Grafström confirmed the exemption in a letter: “The CAF has decided that for players who have official club matches between 27 December and 3 January, the respective affiliated associations should be informed that their Athletes will accompany them.The respective clubs will take part in these matches.
This decision has been taken in the spirit of goodwill and solidarity with the respective clubs.”
The most punished national team will be Ivory Coast, who will have to leave 7 players in the Premier League by 4 January.
For all African Premier players who have been called up for their continental competition, however, the problem remains of the ten-day quarantine they will have to undergo upon their return to the United Kingdom. (the handle).
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