Greek membership Olympiakos Piraeus have accused FIFA of paying little consideration to considerations about participant welfare after two extra of their workforce contracted COVID-19 whereas on worldwide responsibility in Africa.
In a letter to world soccer’s governing physique seen by Reuters, Olympiakos additionally stated that the Confederation of African Soccer (CAF) and its member associations weren’t capable of effectively defend their gamers’ well being in the course of the October and November worldwide home windows.
The membership, who play Manchester Metropolis at dwelling within the Champions League subsequent week, stated that soccer stakeholders had requested FIFA to make sure that security protocols can be utilized within the current worldwide breaks.
“Sadly, FIFA paid little consideration to these considerations,” Olympiakos stated within the letter.
The membership are offended that their striker Youssef El Arabi, the highest scorer within the early phases of the Greek league season, remains to be in quarantine in Cameroon after testing constructive for the novel coronavirus having travelled with Morocco for an African Cup of Nations qualifier.
The membership stated their Egypt worldwide Ahmed Kouka had additionally examined constructive after getting back from a qualifier in Togo, which was confirmed by the Egypt Soccer Affiliation.
“Their restoration and their time of absence, in addition to their return to Greece, is in the interim unknown with out contemplating in what state they’re going to return and if they’ll face additional well being penalties of any sort as a consequence of their sickness,” the membership stated.
Reuters has contacted FIFA for remark.
The letter accused sure African international locations of not defending their gamers’ well being whereas they had been on nationwide workforce responsibility.
“We’re obliged to specific our deepest disappointment for a coverage that leaves golf equipment completely unprotected once they make investments hundreds of thousands in making an attempt to maintain alive particularly at a time when revenues are collapsing,” added the letter to FIFA signed by the membership’s common supervisor Lina Souloukou.
CAF stated in an announcement on Thursday that the plan it had put in place was primarily based on rigorous well being screening and intense security and safety measures and had achieved the specified outcomes.
“A big collaborative effort throughout the continent, in addition to quite a few on-line coaching programs have helped to organize the bottom for a protected resumption of our elite competitions in response to the coronavirus pandemic,” CAF stated.
Final month, Olympiakos’ Mali worldwide Mady Camara examined constructive for COVID-19 when enjoying a pleasant for his nation in Turkey.