African players playing in Europe will not be released for CAN qualifying matches. A decision, supported by FIFA, which quite irritates Claude Le Roy.
It's the international truce. For ten days, the national championships stop, to let the players join their respective national selections. During the Covid-19 period, this truce was a real headache for clubs and federations. Because in the home stretch of the major European championships, the question of confinement on their return arose concerning the internationals. Those who will join their selection in Europe are not affected by health restrictions on their return. But for others, it's more complicated ...
For example in France, because of the septaine that will be imposed on players, the Ligue 1 and Ligue 2 clubs have decided not to release their internationals brought to play outside the European Union. To do this, it took a decision from the Professional Football League (LFP).
FIFA had previously entered the discussions, specifying that it would relax its rules. Usually, a club cannot retain a player against the advice of its national team. If he is called upon to defend the colors of his country, a player must respond to his summons, unless he is unfit to play. But health measures have changed the situation and FIFA has warned that clubs will be exceptionally allowed to detain their footballers in the event of mandatory quarantine on their return.
This decision, therefore, does not apply to European nations. Rather, it is South Americans, Asians and Africans who are most affected by this decision. And on the African continent, we hardly taste this news. Claude Le Roy, the current coach of Togo, was irritated in So Foot by the rule imposed by FIFA. He denounces in particular a "masquerade".
"Irresponsible attitude of FIFA and cowardice of African football leaders"
For the Frenchman, “it's perfectly regrettable. It is a total lack of respect towards Africa, a continent which has contributed so much to French football ”. And Le Roy is particularly angry with the LFP and French clubs. “French clubs have interests to defend, which I can imagine. But the speed at which they were able to rush into the breach created by FIFA is quite incredible, ”he said.
A decision all the more regrettable as the African players playing in Europe are targeting an important deadline: the next African Cup of Nations (CAN). However, it is above all necessary to qualify. "Imagine the disappointment, the frustration, for these players, who, for some, were preparing to play decisive matches with a view to qualifying for the CAN", wonders Claude Le Roy, who considers FIFA "pathetic". The international body "favors the clubs, without taking into account the selections", assures the coach of Togo.
And to those who were waiting for a first strong statement from the new president of the African Football Confederation (CAF), Patrice Motsepe, it will be necessary to come back! " VSdoes it surprise you? Not me ! CAF was far too busy dealing with the pseudo-election of Patrice Motsepe, its new president, installed by FIFA. CAF could very well have said, as the South Americans did, that the two days had to be postponed from March to June. But no ! ", Gets annoyed Claude Le Roy, who deplores" the irresponsible attitude of FIFA, the opportunism of French clubs and the bluster of the leaders of African football ".