French clubs will not lend to foreign internationals outside the EU this month

Memphis Depay, Dutch player for Olympique de Lyon.

French clubs will not lend to their foreign players to play matches with their national teams outside the European Union (EU) and the European Economic Area (EEA) during the next period of international matches, as announced on Wednesday by the Liga de Fútbol Profesional (LFP).

The decision was taken this Wednesday unanimously by the first and second division clubs, the LFP said in a statement, in which it is specified that they apply a FIFA circular of February 5, 2020 on global travel restrictions caused by the health crisis.

The clubs consider that players traveling outside the EU in this international period, which will start after next weekend, they are not exonerated from serving a quarantine upon their return, so they decided not to lend them to the national teams.

Due to the pandemic, FIFA authorized clubs not to loan their internationals to national teams if they were quarantined.

The decision will affect mainly several African teams, who have many players in the French championship, and who play the final stretch of the qualifying rounds for the Africa Cup of Nations (CAN) to be played in early 2022.

The decision taken by the LFP does not affect the French internationals, that they have to dispute next week two duels outside the EEA of the qualifying phase for the 2022 World Cup, on the 28th against Kazakhstan and on the 31st against Bosnia-Herzegovina.

The French Football Federation (FFF) maintains contacts with the French Government so that players do not have to quarantine when they return from these two duels.

To do this, a bubble can be imposed on them to avoid contacts outside the group during their movements.

The French coach, Didier Deschamps, will announce this Thursday the call for those two games and for which they will play at the Stade de France in Saint-Denis on the 24th against Ukraine.


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