National team rocked by quarantine ahead of match

13.10.2020 - 15:41
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The entire support team for Iceland’s senior national men’s football team has been sent into quarantine—including head coach Erik Hamrén and assistant coach Freyr Alexandersson. The news comes the day before Iceland’s next international match, against Belgium, tomorrow evening.

The civil protection department contact tracing team is working on the infection within KSÍ and it has already been confirmed that the national team’s entire coaching and support crew has been sent home.  

A statement from KSÍ says that there is not yet any indication of possible COVID-19 infection among the players and that there is no need to cancel or postpone the Belgium game at this stage. 

Iceland host Belgium in the UEFA Nations League at 18.45 tomorrow evening and the game is still scheduled to go ahead as planned. 

The players were all tested for the coronavirus yesterday and all results came back negative. Given the new information, however, they will likely all be tested again to make sure—though KSÍ director Klara Bjartmarz told RÚV today that the infected staff member is not believed to have been in direct contact with any of the players.  

The news leaves Iceland in an unusual position, as the near-empty Laugardalsvöllur stadium will not even feature their head and assistant team coaches shouting instructions from the side-lines throughout the match.

Facing one of the very best teams in the world right now without off-pitch back-up is clearly a disadvantage for Iceland. Luckily, the national team is prioritising its upcoming final Euro qualifier against Hungary over success in this year’s Nations League. The presence of Tólfan (the famous 12-member band of musical supporters) in the stadium will at least provide some much-needed atmosphere.

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Alexander Elliott
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