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Morocco on high Covid-19 alert as football continues

RABAT — With the threat of coronavirus still lurking, Moroccan football has continued to engage health
authorities in the North African country in an effort to see the ongoing 2019-20 to completion.

Moroccan domestic football resumed two months ago after a Covid-19 enforced halt, but not without
signing a memorandum of agreement between the Moroccan Royal Football Federation (FRMF) and the
kingdom’s Ministry of Health.

According to the agreement, several health measures were taken before action resumed at the end of
July. The measures would see to it that players, technical staff, fans as well as members of the public in
general adhered to health and safety protocols to minimise the risk of contracting the disease.

“The decreasing of Covid-19 related risks would be possible only if all concerned parties adhered to the
measures taken,” read the agreement.

All stakeholders involved in a match-day situation are called upon to adhere to the measures: players,
technical and administrative staff, referees, a section of fans, and the general public.

In addition, Covid-19 tests may be conducted during the games or in the build-up.

A physical routine that includes obligatory temperature tests surrounding matches is one initiative
football in Morocco has taken help in the fight against coronavirus.

All clubs in Moroccan football will also have to take part in regular detection through the RT-PCR test
once every two weeks. The results will determine the participation of players for the remainder of the
season.

Those found negative will participate further, while those positive will be rehabilitated by the FRMF and
the countries’ national health authorities.

According to the FRMF, matches will be postponed “if a threshold of above six players are tested
positive.” – Agencies

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