No free pass for footballers. According to The Telegraph , players and staff members of the 2022 World Cup (November 21-December 18) will not be able to derogate from the legislation in force in the face of the coronavirus pandemic.
Consequently, if these restrictive measures do not change, a five-day quarantine must be observed by anyone who is not vaccinated against Covid-19 and who has not been recently infected. This also applies to the supporters.
Visitors to Qatar who do not have their third dose of vaccine or who have exceeded nine months after the injection of the second dose must present a negative PCR test and confine themselves for five days in a hotel registered by the authorities, as indicated by the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs . It is not specified whether the footballers concerned will be able to carry out their quarantine in the base camp of their respective selection. For people who can attest to a recovery during the previous nine months, quarantine is not necessary.
Kanté could be concerned
With clubs only required to release their internationals on November 14, a week before the opening match, the five-day quarantine could seriously disrupt the preparation of players whose caps are among the first to enter the competition.
This constraint could in particular concern N’Golo Kanté, who does not currently have a complete vaccination schedule. This also prevented him from participating in Chelsea’s pre-season tour of the United States , which prohibits access to its territory to foreigners who are not fully vaccinated. If he is well retained by Didier Deschamps, the French midfielder will have to be operational for November 22, the date of the first match of the Blues in the tournament (against Australia).
Source: Julien Absalon RMC Sport journalist