REVEALED: Premier League players and staff must now self-isolate for up to 10 DAYS after returning from Champions League and Europa League away matches, with stars ONLY allowed to leave home for training and matches
- New government restrictions have been put onto the 20 Premier League sides
- Any overseas trip will now require players and staff to isolate for 10 days
- That 10-day isolation can be reduced to five if a negative Covid test is produced
- News of the restrictions complicates Champions and Europa League squads
New UK government guidance means Premier League players and coaches will be required to isolate for 10 days following any overseas trip, complicating the schedules of teams still in the Champions League and Europa League.
Prior to Sunday’s new restrictions being detailed to all 20 Premier League clubs, revealed by the Athletic, there were no targeted guidelines for players and staff returning from overseas trips.
The 10-day period can be reduced by half if a player of staff member can provide a negative Covid-19 test following a five-day isolation.
But outside of training and competing, a mandatory 10-day quarantine will now be required for all overseas trips for club or international football.
During the period of isolation, players and staff would only be made eligible to leave their home for competition.
It brings football in line with the rest of the UK population when it comes to re-entering the country.
The new rules also take away the quarantine exemption for new player signings and coaching appointments.
Thomas Tuchel flew over from Germany to become Chelsea boss and he avoiding spending a period in quarantine by using an exemption which has been retracted under the new rules
Last month, Thomas Tuchel travelled over from Germany to succeed Frank Lampard at Chelsea and he immediately became part of the first-team bubble, utilising the quarantine exemption.
But if he was to join now he would be required to wait a minimum of five days, then producing a negative Covid-19 test, before he would be eligible for involvement.
More to follow.