In a press release published on Wednesday, Danish club Viborg FF announced that its players Nigerian Ibrahima Said and Gambian Alassana Jatta will miss the first leg of the Europa League Conference play-offsat West Ham.
Both players will not be able to travel with their squad due to rules for entering England for non-EU citizens imposed as a result of Brexit. The club didn’t get the visas in time as the match will be held on Thursday. ” We tried everything, and we were in close contact with the Danish Football Federation, UEFA, the two embassies and another foreign club which was in a similar situation.testifies the club in its press release. There is a processing time of several weeks (to obtain a visa) and the game was only scheduled a week ago. »
Seventh in the Danish Championship last season, Viborg qualified for the Europa League Conference play-offs after eliminating Lithuanians Suduva Marijampole (2-0 aggregate) then Faroese club B36 Torshavn (5-1 aggregate) . Before facing West Ham, coach Jesper Fredberg regretted the absence of his two African players: It’s unfortunate from a sporting point of view, because both players would have had a role in the game, but it’s even more unfortunate from a human point of view that they miss this great experience. »