Football news - Man City cancel Troyes friendly after UK confirm Covid-19 self-isolation rules
Premier League champions Manchester City have been forced to cancel their planned pre-season friendly against Ligue 1 side Troyes, after the United Kingdom government enforced rules that oblige visitors to the country to self-isolate for 10 days upon their return. They will now play Preston and Leicester City as their preparation games for the new season.
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France is now a newly designated ‘amber-plus’ country, meaning that even fully vaccinated travellers are obliged to spend 10 days self-isolating upon their return.
City’s first pre-season friendly will be against Preston on July 27, behind closed doors at their academy ground.
A club statement confirmed: “Manchester City are disappointed to confirm that our planned pre-season friendly at fellow CFG (City Football Group) club ES Troyes AC has been cancelled.
“Both clubs explored all avenues to be able to play the game, but the recent UK government changes to quarantine rules for travellers returning from France, has made the required restrictions too difficult to overcome.
“Pep Guardiola’s first-team squad will remain in Manchester and continue their pre-season preparations at the City Football Academy. There are no plans to replace the ESTAC friendly with another pre-season fixture.”
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