Last weekend, top-flight clubs were told that those who travel overseas — for any reason including European and international fixtures — must self-isolate for 10 days on their return, other than to train and play in games. Previously, no such restrictions were in place.
The Government say that the rules bring elite sport in line with the general public and point out a negative test upon return to the UK can see the 10-day period halved.
Medical officers at some of those still involved in European competition, along with those who have international players, are stunned by the development, with one insider branding it ‘nonsense’.’If this is meant to protect the public, then what about the dozens of club staff who didn’t travel and who are to be exposed to those who did at the training grounds and at matches?’ they said. ‘Is their safety not as important? Do they not count? It just seems illogical.’An email outlining the rules was sent to clubs on Sunday, with many raising concerns with the Premier League immediately.