BUCURESTI / OSLO (VG) Minister of Health Bent Høie says that the Norwegian Football Association “decides for itself” whether they travel out of the country to play against Romania and Austria, but says they would be illegal in Norway.
– These are the ones who decide it themselves. What we have said is that the matches against Romania and Austria would both be illegal matches in Norway. The journey out of Norway will be in a legal gray zone. If they implement this, they will challenge respect for some of the most important things we have in the fight against the pandemic. Our clear answer is that they should not do this, says Høie to VG.
On Saturday morning, the message came that the national team will not be allowed to leave the country to play against Romania and Austria in the Nations League. The reason is
, that the rest of the squad is in quarantine and thus must comply with Norwegian quarantine rules.
Top football manager Lise Klaveness tells TV 2 that it is not relevant to break Norwegian law. She believes that it is not necessary to change the regulations to allow Norway to travel.
– The last thing I heard was that Bent Høie said it was unclear, a gray area, precisely because the regulations have not thought about this case. These are untested rules. No one has thought that a closed group should travel out of the country without being in contact with someone else in rented charter flights and rented buses, says Lise Klaveness on NRK Dagsrevyen.
– Can not young, healthy players be able to live in isolation according to the rules, Bent Høie?
– They are also role models. There are many young people in this country who sit alone in quarantine hotels. There are probably many of them as well who could also want to be social with others who were also quarantined. No one knows who can tolerate this infection and cannot tolerate it, says Høie, who warns of reactions if the NFF chooses to break the advice.
This means that the Norwegian A national team will not be allowed to meet Romania in Bucharest on Sunday night. This will have major consequences for NFF.
– The match can not be postponed as there are no available dates. If we do not meet, there is a high probability that the disciplinary committee will judge a loss 3-0. We are also in danger of being held financially responsible for costs related to the match. At the top, we can risk financial drafts as UEFA loses revenue, says competition director Nils Fisketjønn to VG.
It is currently uncertain whether NFF can choose to play with the U21 national team, or a squad consisting of players who were not initially selected. NFF has denied that it is relevant to send a so-called “B-squad” to Romania.
Høie further says that they will not physically stop the national team, that this is a decision they must make themselves.
– It is not relevant to break Norwegian law, says Klaveness.