PSV general director Toon Gerbrands does not have a good word for not admitting Eran Zahavi and Jordan Teze by the authorities in Cyprus. The two players are not welcome on the island because they tested positive for the corona virus earlier this month.
‘This can’t be a coincidence’
“This is crazy for words and quite dubious”, Gerbrands grumbled at the news channel BNR. “We were already on the plane to leave at 10:00.”
“We received a message from the authorities in Cyprus at 9:50 am that these two players were being refused entry,” he continued. “If we were to fly to the country with them, the whole team would have to be quarantined and we could not play the game.”
Because Zahavi and Teze are not welcome in Cyprus, they will miss the Europa League match against Omonia Nicosia on Thursday. Both players had already been declared cured and were in the starting line-up last weekend in the lost game with Vitesse (2-1).
The PSV players train in the GSP Stadium in Nicosia. (Photo: ANP)
PSV is now working with UEFA to see whether Zahavi and Teze can still convince the Cypriot authorities to allow the duo to travel. Gerbrands does not understand how this situation came about.
“We have followed UEFA guidelines and got an agreement that they could participate in Cyprus,” said the director. “It has to be found somewhere in Cyprus itself, where someone has come up with new rules. It is also no coincidence if we fly at 10 am and receive a message from the authorities at 9.50 am.”
PSV also misses Nick Viergever, Denzel Dumfries, Pablo Rosario, Timo Baumgartl, Cody Gakpo, Joël Piroe and Maxime Delanghe against Omonia due to the corona virus. Trainer Roger Schmidt has only three pure defenders with Olivier Boscagli, Philipp Max and Luis Felipe.
The Europa League game between Omonia Nicosia and PSV starts on Thursday at 9 p.m. and is led by Lithuanian referee Donatas Rumsas.
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