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The England players will avoid quarantine at the Qatar World Cup, which would have ruled them out of the opening fixture against Iran

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Jul-19 15:47 first published at 15:47 PM


The un-jabbed England players won’t be placed in quarantine at the FIFA World Cup in Qatar, which would have prevented them from playing in the opening match against Iran. Instead, they will undergo Covid tests every three days. Gareth Southgate, the manager of the Three Lions, will be happy that stars will be available. Some players are unjabbed despite FIFA, the FA, and clubs’ encouragement. England arrives in Qatar six days before their first match against Iran on November 21, but the nation places all unvaccinated guests under a five-day quarantine. Qatar is anticipated to revert to the medical standards established for the Arab Cup. Published: July 19, 2022, 06:58 EDT; updated: July 19, 2022, 07:11 EDT

The unvaccinated England players are required to undergo Covid tests every three days while competing in the World Cup in Qatar, but they shouldn’t be subjected to a quarantine period that could have prevented them from playing in the tournament’s opening match against Iran.

Unvaccinated travellers to Qatar are currently required to stay in quarantine at their accommodation for five days per Covid standards. Prior to their first game at 1pm on November 21, the Three Lions are scheduled to arrive at their opulent facility, the Souq al Wakrah, on November 15. Unjabbed players are not permitted to train at the Saoud bin Abdulrahman Stadium, which is six minutes away from their lodging. They can resume their preparations the day before the game. Gareth Southgate, the manager of England, will be happy that his players will avoid quarantine. The Times claims that Qatar would likely loosen the regulations for the 2022 World Cup. The Qatari authorities have not yet made a decision, but they have stated that while participants in the FIFA Arab Cup in December were not compelled to isolate, they were required to perform quick antigen testing every three days and prior to each game. Gareth Southgate, the manager of England, and the unjabbed players will both be relieved by the news. FIFA, the FA, the Premier League, and clubs have all urged players to get the Covid vaccine, but some have been hesitant and have opted not to. The Qatari officials loosened the player rules for the FIFA Arab Cup in December. Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel has expressed his frustration with his midfielders, N’Golo Kanté and Ruben Loftus-Cheek, who have been unable to travel on the club’s pre-season tour to the United States, because they do not meet entry requirements for vaccination. They are being held back while the U21s train. ‘We cannot force,’ Thomas Tuchel, the Chelsea head coach, said. ‘It is at the moment a very normal decision to get vaccinated. Both players decided against it. The regulations must be followed. They cannot join us. They know about the consequences.’ Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel is frustrated that two of his players have been unable to travel to the US, because they do not meet the country’s entry requirements for vaccination Ngolo Kante has been unable to travelon the club’s preseason tour to the US and he has been training with the U21s, along with Ruben Loftus-Cheek The UK government travel guidance for Qatar states that unvaccinated visitors to the Middle East country ‘need to undergo a period of five days hotel quarantine’. It adds: ‘A rapid antigen test is required to be taken on day five, and the individual will be released from quarantine on the same day if the test results are negative. The test will be conducted at the hotel.’ However, the medical protocol adopted for the FIFA Arab Cup stated that all players and staff should be tested on arrival in the country and it added: ‘If not vaccinated, subsequent [rapid antigen tests] were required from all participants. ‘ For those that are to be at tournament venues, this must be done before every match, whereas those that are not required to be at tournament venues must get tested every three days.’

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