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The national team’s foreign profiles are at full speed home on scheduled flights, but risk fines if they break the quarantine rules by playing a football match next weekend.

It writes the lawyer profile John-Christian Elden to VG.

– If they are in quarantine and have applied to fly home to be quarantined there, and have been granted on that condition, they can be punished with imprisonment if when the application was given they did not intend to be quarantined, but play, writes The fire on SMS.

Several country profiles, including Mohamed Elyounoussi, Erling Braut Haaland, Martin Ødegaard (

) and Kristoffer Ajer, are.

The reason they have been sent home from the national team is that Omar Elabdellaoui was infected with the coronavirus on Friday. According to competition director Nils Fisketjønn in the Norwegian Football Association (NFF), all the players who have been at the gathering are in quarantine until 13.00 on Sunday 22 November.

According to the corona regulations of the Norwegian health authorities, it is only possible to grant exemptions from the quarantine if it concerns the danger to life and health, or if they are to travel to a new place to stay in the quarantine. The Norwegian players travel home by regular public transport (scheduled flights).

Infection control doctor Tore Steen confirms to VG that he is the one who made the decision to let the players go home on Sunday. This is also in line with the covid-19 regulations §5e 2nd paragraph which states the following:

“People in quarantine infection can exceptionally use public transport to get to a suitable quarantine site after special assessment by the municipal doctor.”

– The chief infection control officer has considered a specific application for a return trip for players in quarantine, based on an individual assessment of each individual player from the national team doctor in NFF. This application was granted in accordance with the exemption provision in the covid-19 regulations.
The condition for being able to travel home to be in quarantine is that they are symptom-free, that they wear face masks on public transport and go straight to quarantine when they get home, he says to VG.

The same Steen says on Sunday afternoon that he trusts the players. On when asked what sanction options the municipal superior has if the players break the quarantine, he answers that it is “a fairly hypothetical question”, and that Oslo municipality has no sanction options:

– We expect them to follow the conditions that were the basis for consent to leave, Steen says to VG.

On Wednesday, Norway was to face Israel in a private international match, but it was canceled after an Israeli player tested positive:


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