According to a report from The Telegraph, Tottenham Hotspur could stop both Serge Aurier and Son Heung-min from joining up with their national teams during the international break scheduled for later this month.
The UK government’s stipulations state that anyone returning from coronavirus ‘red list’ countries would have to quarantine for a period of 10 days on their return.
FIFA has allowed clubs to prevent their players from leaving for international duty if they have to self-isolate for more than 5 days on their return.
Several top-flight managers have already hinted that they will not be allowing some of their players to join up with their national squads.
Jose Mourinho said last week that Spurs will make a decision on the matter once the venues of the various fixtures to be held from 22 March to 1 April is confirmed.
The South American Football Confederation (CONMEBOL) have already postponed the World Cup qualifiers scheduled for later this month, meaning that Erik Lamela, Giovani Lo Celso, Lucas Moura, Davinson Sanchez and Carlos Vinicius will be staying in London.
The Telegraph now claim that Spurs might also prevent Aurier from joining up with the Ivory Coast squad due to parts of Africa falling under the UK government’s red list’.
It is said that the club could also stop Son from joining up with the South Korean squad, who are set to fly to Japan for an international friendly.
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While one can at least sympathise with confederations and national federations who are trying to play competitive qualifiers, it is difficult to understand why international friendlies would need to go ahead under the current climate.
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