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England’s UEFA Nations League clash with Iceland in question due to new coronavirus travel restrictions

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An outbreak has spread to local communities at mink farms in Denmark, leading to new constraints that could interrupt the international connection next week.

After the UK issued a travel ban on tourists coming from Denmark, the UEFA Nations League match between England and Iceland will have to be postponed.

On November 18, three days after the visitors face Denmark in Copenhagen, England is due to host Erik Hamren ‘s team at Wembley, but the recent restrictions announced by the UK government in response to a new Covid-19 outbreak in mink farms that has spread to communities in Denmark have threatened the tie.

Under the new rules introduced from 4 a.m. on Saturday, non-British citizens or residents traveling from Denmark will be refused entry to the country, while those residing in the United Kingdom who return from the Scandinavian country will have to go into quarantine for a period of two weeks.

Although elite athletes have been exempted from some travel restrictions, in this instance, the government has warned that this will not be the case.

“The Department of Transport announced yesterday that Denmark will no longer be on the list of travel corridors in the UK. The self-isolation requirements for Denmark are also now being extended,” read a statement from the government.

British nationals or citizens returning directly or indirectly from Denmark to the UK from 4 a.m. on November 7 would have to self-isolate along with all other members of their household before 2 weeks have passed since they were last in Denmark.

“There will be no exemptions from this quarantine scheme, unlike other trips to the UK.”

After a week, the restrictions will be checked and the Football Association (FA) is seeking clarity from the government about the situation.

In response to the new rules in England, Denmark have already made changes to their squad for the upcoming matches, although they are still waiting for answers from the government and FA.

For the upcoming friendly against Sweden, Kasper Schmeichel, Jonas Lossl, Andreas Christensen, Jannik Vestergaard, Henrik Dalsgaard, Mathias Jensen and Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg are not supposed to be part of the squad since they all play in England.

Games can be postponed to a later date or played at a neutral venue under UEFA’s policy, but BBC Sport notes that the rescheduling of the tie has been ruled out.

The recent developments may also impact Liverpool’s Champions League trip to Midtjylland, which is scheduled for December 9. The Reds are waiting for government instructions and will liaise with UEFA and the Danish side to, if possible, negotiate compromises.

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