Norwegian government prohibits players from flying: interland canceled

The match in the Nations League between Romania and Norway will not take place on Sunday. The Norwegian government forbids football players from flying to Bucharest.

The selection of national coach Lars Lagerbäck must remain in quarantine by the Ministry of Health after a positive corontest by international Omar Elabdellaoui.

The Norwegians were supposed to travel to Romania on Saturday, but the government did not give permission. Footballers were already ready for departure at Oslo airport when the announcement came in. Also, a call from the players to the government to give the green light was nothing. UEFA has now canceled the contest in Bucharest. Presumably, the duel will be transformed into a regulatory 3-0 defeat for the Norwegians, who are in full race for promotion to the A-Division of the Nations League.

For Norway the closing group match against Austria will be on Wednesday. It is unclear whether that duel in Vienna can continue.

Earlier in the week, Norways training interland in Oslo against Israel did not go on either. A few hours before kick-off, the Norwegian authorities banned the duel after an Israeli player had been tested positively.

Midfielder Fredrik Midtsjø of AZ is part of the Norwegian selection. His teammate Jonas Svensson had to report out of Lagerbäck at the beginning of the week because of an injury.