Saturday, 14 March 2020

FIFA give clubs freedom to turn down international call-ups

FIFA have issued a statement granting clubs the option to prevent their players from joining up with their national teams and have recommended that all international matches be postponed until further notice due to coronavirus.

The outbreak has already seen most top-level club competition suspended, both at domestic league level and at European level.

A round of international fixtures had been scheduled to take place in March and April, including Euro 2020 qualification games, but FIFA have suggested that the games should not go ahead.

However, it is not just for health reasons that the governing body are suggesting a postponement, but for sporting reasons as well, with some national teams potentially at a disadvantage if they are unable to call on their best players.

FIFA also insist that work regarding potential rescheduling of any postponed games is already underway.

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