Coronavirus: Professional Footballers Australia question government 'see-sawing'

By Sports Desk March 15, 2020

The Australian government's response to coronavirus has placed Melbourne Victory's players "in a compromising position", according to the country's players' union.

Victory were beaten 3-0 by Wellington Phoenix in the A-League on Sunday, although attention after the match was focused on the altered travel restrictions between Australia and New Zealand.

In a statement, Professional Footballers Australia noted Victory's players and staff would have to undergo a compulsory 14-day self-quarantine period when they return home – a vastly altered situation to when they left Melbourne on Friday.

"While we acknowledge that the response to coronavirus is constantly evolving, the government’s reactionary behaviour and ad-hoc decision-making on travel and sporting events has placed the players in a challenging personal position," PFA chief executive John Didulica said.

"These players will now have to isolate while their livelihoods will be impacted; they will no longer be available to play and train with their team for the next fortnight.

"More clarity and proactive planning – and less see-sawing – from the government could have prevented a situation whereby we have players departing the country under one condition, and then re-entering on another in the space of 48 hours."

Wellington find themselves in a similarly compromised situation, with a period in quarantine set to follow if they travel as planned for games against Sydney FC and Newcastle Jets this week – matches that now appear impossible to stage as scheduled.

"It's a little bit up in the air at the moment. We will travel on Tuesday to Australia and then we'll have to isolate ourselves for the next couple of weeks," Wellington boss Ufuk Talay told reporters.

"I don't know [who we will be playing]. We will be flying into Sydney and going from there. There's a possibility that we might stay there and play the remaining games in Australia and might have to continue to play the finals series in Australia as well.

"We'll prepare and get ourselves ready like we're going to be there forever and prepare like we're going to come back the next day."

Phoenix attacking midfielder Ulises Davila, who opened the scoring during Sunday's win, has decided against returning to his native Mexico to be with his wife and newborn son.

"At this stage Uli has decided not to go home and see the season out," Talay explained. "We're in discussions. It's very tough.

"We had a plan in place but we can't control what is happening around the world at the moment and we'll just have to adapt to what's in front of us.

"He wants to stay, he wants to see the season off and finish the best way possible. It was his decision solely.

"He's just worried that if he goes and he comes back in a few weeks' time and he has to go into quarantine again. He's very comfortable with his wife being in Mexico with the baby because she's got family over there and he's got family over there as well."

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    Oftentimes, the reasons nations find themselves blacklisted by the sport’s global governing body are many and varied, but the outcome is often the same.

    The twin-island republic becomes the second Caribbean nation suspended by FIFA, following in the footsteps of Antigua and Barbuda who were banned in 2003 for one year, after infighting broke out within the association.

    In each case, the length of suspension dished out to the associations varies widely, with the ball often in the member association court as to how long it takes to rectify the affair that has caused them to fall afoul of FIFA’s statues in the first place.  The list below features 24 countries that have been suspended in the last 17 years and some of the reasons provided.

     

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    Country - Azerbaijan

    Date - 15 April 2003 - 23 May 2003

    Reason - External pressure, violations of

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    Outcome - Parties agreed to respect a FIFA

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    Country - Antigua and

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    Date - 20 May 2003 - 29 June 2005

    Reason - Non-specified

    Outcome- Suspension lifted after situation

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    Country - Guatemala

    Date - 9 Jan. 2004 - 17 May 2004

    Reason - Governmental interference: FA and

    elected FA officials replaced

    Outcome - Re-installment of elected FA

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    Country - Kenya

    Date - 2 June 2004 - 6 Aug. 2004

    Reason - Governmental interference: FA

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    Outcome - Installment of a normalization

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    Country – Macau

    Date - 15 Feb. 2005 - 6 March 2005

    Reason - Governmental interference:

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    Outcome - Suspension lifted after

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    Country -Yemen

    Date -12 Aug. 2005 - 9 Nov. 2005

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    Outcome - Suspension lifted after concessions

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    Country - Greece

    Date - 3 July 2006 - 12 July 2006

    Reason - Governmental interference: National

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    Outcome - Legislation amended according to

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    Country - Kenya

    Date - 25 Oct. 2006 - 9 March 2007

    Reason - Governmental interference:

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    internal conflicts

    Outcome - Government agrees to abstain

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    Country – Iran

    Date- 23 Nov. 2006 - 20 Dec. 2006

    Reason - Governmental interference:

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    Outcome - Implementation of FIFA’s

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    Country - Kuwait

    Date - 29 Oct. 2007 - 20 Dec. 2008

    Reason - Governmental interference: FA

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    Outcome - Suspension provisionally lifted

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    amendment of FA’s statutes

     

    Country - Albania

    Date -14 March 2008 - 26 April 2008

    Reason - Governmental interference:

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    Outcome - Legal proceedings stopped,

    creation of a working-group

     

    Country - Madagascar

    Date - 19 March 2008 - 19 May 2008 Governmental interference:

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    Outcome - Madagascan Supreme Court

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    re-installment of FA

     

    Country - Chad

    Date - 28 March 2008 - 7 May 2008

    Reason - Governmental interference:

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    Outcome - Decree revoked, reinstallation of

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    Country - Iraq

    Date - 26 May 2008 - 29 May 2008

    Reason - Governmental interference:

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    Country – Ethiopia

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    Country – Samoa

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    Reason -Repeated management problems

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    Country - Peru

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    Country - Brunei Darussalam

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    Country - Iraq

    Date - 20 Nov. 2009 - 19 March 2010

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    Country - El Salvador

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    Outcome - Legitimacy of normalization

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    Country – Nigeria

    Date - 4 Oct. 2010 - 8 Oct. 2010

    Reason - Governmental interference: Court actions

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    Country – Bosnia

    Date -1 April 2011 1 - Jun 2011

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    Country - Belize

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    Country – Cameroon

    Date - 4 July 2013 - 22 July 2013

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    Outcome - New elections organized, finally

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    Country – Kuwait

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    Country - Guatemala

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    Country - Sierra Leone

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