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Klopp, Solskjaer, ready to boycott Int'l break

Klopp and Solskjaer set to force players to boycott International Break

March 5, 2021 By Oscar Rojas
In a surprising turn of events, both managers seem ready to keep their players around even if they are called up by their national teams.

The upcoming FIFA International Break combined with the ongoing COVID-19 restrictions in some regions of the world could prompt a breaking point in the world of football, as some clubs may refuse to let their players join their national teams because of the restrictions they would face when they return to their respective leagues.

According to recent reports coming from England, Liverpool and Manchester United are willing to fight FIFA's mandate of forcing all teams to lend their players to their respective countries, especially due to the restrictions imposed by British authorities regarding travelers during the ongoing health crisis around the world.

The rules imposed by the British government require all people that travel abroad to quarantine themselves for 10 days before returning to their regular duties. Since the players would leave their clubs to play for nearly ten days, some of them would be unavailable for up to 20 days, which is not ideal to some coaches.

The first one to voice his complaints was Jurgen Klopp, who would have to make do without players such as Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firmino, or Diogo Jota, who would be traveling to Portugal during a time where the COVID-19 pandemic is hitting the European country really hard.

"Everyone in the world has to agree that we can't let the players leave and play with their teams. They'd have to spend the next ten days after their return quarantined in a hotel, and that is not possible. FIFA has made their point in very clear, and I think that all clubs should understand that we should not let them leave. I will let the players decide, but if it wee up to me, I wouldn't wait for them and have them quarantined for ten days, it's not the right thing to do," Klopp said.

Hours later, Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer joined voices with Klopp and urged players to use common sense before pressing their clubs to let them join their national teams, specifically mentioning Bruno Fernandes, who would also be making the trip to Portugal.

"We haven't sit down and made a decision, but it makes no sense to lose your player for a week or two and then have them quarantine for the next ten days. Clubs take care of the players' wages, and I think it's safe to say that letting them go play in a red-listed country is not the smartest thing to do. I want Bruno (Fernandes) ready to play against Brighton and I hope we can count on him to play in the Europa League and against Tottenham, " Solskjaer concluded.

FIFA officers know that time is of the essence to complete the World Cup Qualifiers for the 2022 FIFA World Cup, and as things stand, they will have to come up with a plan that satisfies all those involved before extreme measures, such as changing the qualifying process, have to be taken.

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