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2021 Afcon: European Club Association not ready to release players

The European Club Association (ECA) has expressed its unwillingness to release players for the 2021 Africa Cup Nations.

The ECA in a communique sent to Caf through Fifa on December 10, outlined a number concerns for its stance.

It says COVID-19 and its implications have raised three fundamental issues when it comes to releasing players for international duty.

First, it is the clubs’ duty to ensure each and every player’s well-being is properly protected

Second, that clubs are not forced to be without players for competitive club competition matches.

And the final one is that, all players resume their activities with clubs in timely fashion, as per applicable rules.

The ECA has doubts Caf and its member associations have put in the necessary measures to ensure the above three concerns are addressed during the Afcon.

It adds that, with just over 20 days to the start of the the competition, Caf has not furnished it with medical protocols of the competition.

The 2021 Afcon is scheduled to take place from January 9 to February 6, 2021, in Cameroon.

Read the full statement below: