The Swiss women’s team and its coach Nielsen witnessed their preparations for the second match of Euro 2022, Wednesday, against Sweden, which was disrupted by mysterious symptoms in the digestive system. Dozens of players were placed in solitary confinement.
‘If we can play 11 against 11, I’ll be happy’: The Swiss women’s team and coach Nielsen have seen their preparation for a second Euro match on Wednesday (6pm) against Sweden, which was disrupted by mysterious digestive symptoms.
The Swiss federation announced that eight players and eleven members were placed in solitary confinement on Monday after experiencing these symptoms of unknown origin since Sunday, forcing management to cancel their morning training sessions.
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“Preparing for a match while you’re in the bathroom isn’t ideal”
“Current facts do not determine the cause of gastrointestinal problems. The symptoms of vomiting and diarrhea are significant, but rather brief so far. Some have already had only mild symptoms or no symptoms at all (on Monday),” a doctor explained. The Swiss team, Martin Schauber, in a statement issued by the Federation at midday.
During a video press conference, coach Nielsen, who has ruled out any suspicion of Covid, described the “imperfect situation” to prepare for the meeting. “It’s a first for me,” he explained. “Preparing for the match while he is in the toilet is not ideal (…) We were able to organize a tactical meeting by video, but we cannot call it training when everyone is alone in their room,” he explained.
’15 fit players’
And the coach continued, “The local authorities and the European Football Association imposed solitary confinement for 24 hours on the entire team, adding that players who were not affected by symptoms were allowed to go out for a walk, but” with the mask and without talking to anyone.
“UEFA has warned us that as long as we have seven players, we must play the match. If we don’t have any new cases in the next few hours, we can go and train (Tuesday) in Sheffield,” the place “of the game,” Nielsen said. “If we can play 11 against 11, I will be happy.”
UEFA’s Covid-19 protocol, which allows a match to be postponed if a team does not have 13 players including the goalkeeper, has not been applied in this case. The coach has already confirmed that postponing the meeting is “not an option” for the organizers. “We still have 15 suitable players. Whether it’s fair or not, it doesn’t matter, there’s nothing we can do about it.”
Switzerland were watched on Saturday by Portugal (2-2) for their entry in the Group C race. They should play their second game against the Swedes, who are among the favorites in the competition.