Infantino Writes to Boris Johnson over Players from Red-Zone Countries


President of FIFA, Gianni Infantino, has written to the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, Boris Johnson. Infantino wrote the letter pleading that the government should help reduce the isolation procedure for players who are supposed to travel to red-list countries to represent their countries for the FIFA World Cup qualifier.

Gianni Infantino

Gianni Infantino


FIFA confirmed the letter that was written on its website on Wednesday, August 25th, 2021. Infantino urged the UK government to be soft on its isolation policy for the Premier League players who will have to travel to the red-list countries.

The President also explained in the letter why it is important that these players are released to their countries for the FIFA World Cup qualifier.

We have faced global problems together in the past and must continue to do so in the future. The release of players in the upcoming international windows is a matter of great urgency and importance.

Many of the best players in the world compete in leagues in England and Spain, and we believe these countries also share the responsibility to preserve and protect the sporting integrity of competitions around the world.

On the issue of quarantine restrictions in England, for players returning from red-list countries, I have written to Prime Minister Boris Johnson and appealed for the necessary support, in particular, so players are not deprived of the opportunity of representing their countries in qualifying matches for the FIFA World Cup, which is one of the ultimate honors for a professional footballer.

I have suggested that an approach similar to that adopted by the UK government for the final stages of the Euro 2020 be implemented for the upcoming international matches. Together, we have shown solidarity and unity in the fight against Covid-19. Now I'm urging everyone to ensure the release of international players for the upcoming FIFA World Cup qualifiers.

The Premier League clubs had unanimously agreed on Tuesday, August 24th, 2021, that players would not be released to the red-list countries.