New UK travel quarantine restrictions
On Sunday night, UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson addressed the nation with the latest round of social distancing guidelines during the Covid-19 pandemic.
One measure now being implemented is for all travellers to be placed in a two-week quarantine when they enter the UK. This applies to travellers by air and sea.
For Britons working in the tourism industry, this decision will cause major anxiety. It basically kills any hope of foreign travel in the near future.
While, in a football context, these measures posed a major obstacle to hosting European ties in the remainder of the 2019-20 season.
Travel decision affects Man United, Man City & Wolves
Four Premier League clubs remain in European competitions this season: Man City, Chelsea, Man United and Wolves.
On August 7, Man City are due to play Real Madrid in their Champions League last-16 second-leg.
Man City won the first-leg of the tie 2-1 at the Santiago Bernabeu.
Chelsea, meanwhile, are to travel to Bayern Munich in the Champions League.
The Pensioners are 3-0 down to the Bavarians in their tie.
Meanwhile, Manchester United and Wolves remain in the hat for the 2019-20 Europa League.
Man United are 5-nil up against Austrian side LASK in their last-16 tie, while the Red Devils are set to play their second-leg at Old Trafford.
As for Wolves, they are scheduled to host Greek side Olympiacos at Molineux in the UEL. Wolves drew 1-1 in the away leg.
Footballers set for quarantine exception
According to the Sun on Monday, these new UK travel restrictions may be significantly relaxed for footballers. Readers are told:
Top sportsmen are to be given an exemption from the 14 day coronavirus travel quarantine to allow for the return of international competitions.
A senior Government source said: “There will be exemptions for sports”.
To be clear, this means that Man United, Man City and Wolves can all press forward with preparations to host their scheduled European ties.
Excl: Sports stars to be exempted from 14 day coronavirus travel quarantine to help international competitions return. Regime of regular testing instead to allow Champions League and Formula One to resume.https://t.co/7u2wMq51mV
— Tom Newton Dunn (@tnewtondunn) May 10, 2020
A dig a Man City’s Kyle Walker
One line in the Sun’s report stood out.
A few days ago, Kyle Walker posted a lengthy statement on social media after the tabloids revealed he’d broken social distancing rules.
Man City’s Walker, who had previously hosted a party with escorts at his house, was then outed for visiting family against the UK quarantine rules.
Kyle Walker has since revealed on social media that he’s struggling with mental health problems, while he’s accused some of the media of harassment.
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Yet, according to one MP, Walker’s mental health issues is a topic of fun. The Sun wrote:
In a dig at a Manchester City defender who admitted repeatedly breaking lockdown rules, the (senior Government) source added: “I couldn’t say for sure that Kyle Walker will be included though”.
This article was edited by Benjamin Newman.
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