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Only Clubs Can Release Players For Olympics – FIFA

Posted: Jul 1, 2016 at 3:00 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

FIFA has said that the prerogative to release players for Olympic Games football events is solely that of individual clubs, saying they (clubs) are not under any obligation to do that.
The confirmation is understandably a sad development for so many Olympic-bound coaches like Samson Siasia, who is already in a running battle to get his key players released for the Games.
Several players on Siasia’s provisional list of 35 have been barred by their European clubs from representing Nigeria at the Olympic Games, despite pleas from the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF).
And FIFA have confirmed the club’s are not obliged to release their players for the Games.
“The men’s Olympic Football Tournament is not included in the men’s international match calendar 2014-2018, which applies to all FIFA competitions with age restrictions, and thus clubs are not under any obligation to release players for the men’s Olympic Football Tournament,” a FIFA spokesperson said on Thursday.
“However, FIFA is asking for support from the clubs to allow players who are called up by their national teams to be given the chance to be part of the Olympic experience,” the spokesperson said further.