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FIFA releases statement on handling of Ebola

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By RYAN TOLMICH

With qualifying for the Africa Nations Cup ongoing, FIFA have reassured the countries involved that the federation is taking proper precautions with regards to the Ebola epidemic.

FIFA released a statement Tuesday that included reccomendations for the nations involved on how to handle the sickness, which has severely impacted Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea. The federation’s medical committee recommends that matches involving the three at-risk countries be played and trained for on neutral venues, while proper precautions will be taken before and after matches to detect potential issues.
“Since the beginning of the Ebola crisis in West Africa,” the statement says, “FIFA has been in regular contact with the World Health Organisation (WHO) reviewing the impact of Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) on global public health, mass gatherings and in particular its potential effects on football.

“The FIFA Medical Committee will continue to assess the evolution of the disease and take the appropriate measures for the communities and athletes.”

FIFA went on to adress the upcoming Club World Cup, which is set to take place in Morocco between Dec. 10-20. The tournament, which is currently set to feature Spain’s Real Madrid, Argentina’s San Lorenzo, Mexico’s Cruz Azul, New Zealand’s Aukland City and Morocco’s Moghreb Tetouan, is set to go on as planned.

“Concerning the FIFA Club World Cup to be held in Morocco, the health of players, officials and football fans remains the highest priority, just as it would for any FIFA competition‎,” FIFA said. “According to the World Health Organization there are currently no cases of Ebola reported from Morocco and therefore all preparations continue as planned.

“FIFA is monitoring the situation and is in close contact with the Moroccan authorities and constantly updating its position in accordance with WHO technical guidance. Should the situation change we will be in touch with the participating clubs accordingly.”

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