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 in a position to effectively defend their gamers’ well being in the course of the October and November worldwide home windows.
The membership, who play Manchester Metropolis at house within the Champions League subsequent week, stated that soccer stakeholders had requested FIFA to make sure that security protocols could be utilized within the latest worldwide breaks.
“Sadly, FIFA paid little consideration to these issues,” Olympiakos stated within the letter.
The membership are indignant that their striker Youssef El Arabi, the highest scorer within the early levels of the Greek league season, remains to be in quarantine in Cameroon after testing optimistic 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 optimistic 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 intervening time unknown with out contemplating in what state they will return and if they are going to face additional well being penalties of any variety as a result of their sickness,” the membership stated.
Reuters has contacted FIFA for remark.
The letter accused sure African nations of not defending their gamers’ well being whereas they had been on nationwide staff responsibility.
“We’re obliged to precise our deepest disappointment for a coverage that leaves golf equipment completely unprotected once they make investments thousands and 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 normal supervisor Lina Souloukou.
CAF stated in an announcement on Thursday that the plan it had put in place was based mostly on rigorous well being screening and intense security and safety measures and had achieved the specified outcomes.
“A major collaborative effort throughout the continent, in addition to quite a few on-line coaching programs have helped to organize the bottom for a secure resumption of our elite competitions in response to the coronavirus pandemic,” CAF stated.
Final month, Olympiakos’ Mali worldwide Mady Camara examined optimistic for COVID-19 when enjoying a pleasant for his nation in Turkey.