‘If we can play 11 against 11, I’ll be happy’: The Swiss women’s team and its coach Nielsen saw their preparation for the second match of the European Championship, on Wednesday against Sweden, due to mysterious infectious symptoms – forcing them to isolate. confinement on Monday. The Swiss federation has announced that eight players and eleven employees have been placed in solitary confinement after experiencing these unexplained symptoms since Sunday, forcing the management to cancel their training session on Monday morning.
“Current facts do not allow to determine the cause of the gastrointestinal problems. The symptoms of vomiting and diarrhea are significant, but so far rather brief. The Swiss team doctor, Martin Scheuber, explained in a statement issued by the association at midday that “some have already shown mild symptoms or no symptoms” They have symptoms this morning (Monday).”
During a video press conference, coach Nielsen, who has ruled out any suspicion of coronavirus infection, 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 decent players’
And the coach added that “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 a mask and without talking to anyone.” “UEFA has warned us that as long as we have seven players, we will have to play the match. If we do not have new cases in the next few hours, we can go to training (Tuesday) in Sheffield, the meeting place,” Nielsen said. 11 against 11, I’ll be happy.”
The technician confirmed there was “no doubt” regarding possible cases of Covid-19. “But since Covid, you have to register everything” with the authorities, he said. So the UEFA protocol related to Covid-19, which allows for 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 is fair or not, it does not matter, there is nothing we can do about it.”
The Swiss were detained on Saturday https://www.lefigaro.fr/sports/football/euro-feminin-match-nul-spectaculaire-entre-la-suisse-et-le-portugal-20220709#:~:text = Euro% %20f%C3%A9minin%20%3A%20spectacular%20match%20nul%20between%20Sw Switzerland%20and%20Portugal,-By%20Le%20Figaro & text =The%20Swiss%20and%20the%20Portuguese,the Euro%20f%C3 %A9minin%20de%20football. To enter the race in Group C. They must play their second match against the Swedes, who are among the favorites in the competition.