CLUB WORLD CUP

FIFA advises Al Ahly players to isolate after breaching covid-19 rules

The governing body told the African champions that neither player can play against Palmeiras after they violated health bubble regulations.

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FIFA advises Al Ahly players to isolate after breaching covid-19 rules
NOUSHAD THEKKAYIL EFE

Al-Ahly's officials have received confirmation from FIFA informing them that players Hussein Al Shahat and Mahmoud Kahraba have to go into self-isolation as they breached health bubble system regulations.

The incident occured after the Club World Cup semi-final game against Bayern Munich when both players went to shake hands with former club legend Mohamed Aboutrika, who was watching the game from the stands.

Players ruled out of game with Palmeiras

According to FIFA's letter, neither player can participate in the team's group training or in the third-place game against Palmeiras of Brazil next Thursday, as they mixed with someone from outside the health bubble implemented during the tournament.

As per covid-19 health bubble regulations, people inside the health bubble must not mingle with anyone from outside the bubble, a rule that both players broke to express their admiration for the ex-Al Ahly legend, who participated in the championship with the Red Devils on several occasions before his retirement. He still remains the club's highest goalscorer in the Club World Cup.

Al Ahly making efforts to overturn ban

In response to FIFA's letter, a source at Al Ahly revealed that officials are making attempts to negotiate with FIFA's representatives to give the players permission to play on Thursday in case their tests results return negative.