The Norwegian Minister of Health asked his country’s soccer team this Saturday not to travel to Romania to play the fifth day of their UEFA Nations League group, after a case of COVID-19 in the team of the Nordics.
The right side Omar Elabdellaoui, who plays in the Galatasaray from Turkey, tested positive for the coronavirus on Friday and the minister asked the Norwegian Football Federation to respect quarantine rules, which recommend isolation in case of contact with an infected person.
As most of you know I’ve tested positive to Covid-19. I have lights symptoms but generally fine. Thanks for all your good wishes and messages —-❤️
– Omar Elabdellaoui (@ OmarEla14) November 13, 2020
“If the football federation chooses to move through a legal gray area and not use one of the most important tools that we have to deal with the pandemic, that is, quarantine when you have been in contact with an infected person, I will react firmly, “Bent Hoie told public television NRK.
After learning of the positive case, the Norwegian team canceled their departure to Romania, but nevertheless wishes to obtain the endorsement of the authorities to be able to travel and play that match on Sunday, as well as the one scheduled against Austria on Wednesday, within group B1 (2 .ª category) of the League of Nations.
On Wednesday, the friendly between Norway and Israel had been canceled due to a case of COVID-19 within the Israeli campus.
This Saturday a positive case of a player who arrived in South America from the Turkish Super League was also reported. It’s about the forward Enner Valencia, who is with the Ecuadorian team to which he was summoned for the third and fourth dates of the South American tie. The attacker of the Fenerbahce He was absent from the first game against Bolivia and was ruled out today for the clash with Colombia next Tuesday.
The COVID-19 test of our football player Enner Valencia, who is in his country’s national team, was positive.
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– Fenerbahçe SK (@Fenerbahce) November 14, 2020
In addition to Valencia, they were disaffected from the call of the Tri Diego Palacios and Alan Franco, the latter played the final minutes of the match in La Paz last Thursday. (D)