FIFA welcomed the UK government’s decision to allow fully vaccinated players the opportunity to represent their countries in the upcoming qualifying matches for the FIFA World Cup.
Several South American and African stars were not released by their clubs for the September international break, as they would have had to spend 10 days quarantining in a government-mandated hotel on their return to England.
The exemption only applies to those fully vaccinated against the coronavirus.
Other players are still mandated to stay in a hotel or private accommodation provided by the club on their own for 10 days.
However, they will be allowed out once a day to play or train.
The bespoke solution has still been criticized by clubs for the mental impact it can have on players who face spending up to three weeks without their families.
Players also risk not being able to travel if they have not been fully vaccinated.
By Brian Ayatta