The problems for the Dutch are piling up. Werder Bremen refuses to relinquish Tahith Chong. The Dutch Team plays in and against Belarus on Friday for the European Championships. That country is at risk as far as the coronavirus is concerned, which would mean that the players would have to go into quarantine as a precaution on their return.
Feyenoord do not want goalkeeper Justin Bijlow to go to the Dutch side.
Football players playing in the Netherlands should be quarantined for ten days. In northern Germany, five days’ isolation applies. The German club also keeps Milot Rashica, Milos Veljkovic and Nick Woltemade at home.
Normally clubs are obliged to hand over their players to the national teams. Because of the current problem with the coronavirus, the world football association FIFA has recently decided, in consultation with the European federation UEFA, that clubs may keep their players at home if they would otherwise have to go into quarantine for at least five days.
The government has already made an exception for the internationals of the Dutch national team. They do not have to be quarantined, not even if they arrive in Zeist on Monday after staying in an area marked ‘orange’. In the coming days, the government will decide on a definitive arrangement for all international top athletes, including the players of the Dutch Junior Team.