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As reported by the agency ‘Reuters’, Saudi Arabia has waived its requirement that visitors be fully vaccinated to allow Spanish soccer players to compete in the Spanish Super Cup on Saudi soil.

Until now, full vaccination is mandatory to enter the Asian country according to the guidelines on the government website. However, three sources close to the matter have revealed to ‘Reuters’ that exceptions were made after the Spanish Football Association negotiated with local authorities to allow all the players and staff of Real Madrid, Barcelona, ​​Athletic de Bilbao and Atlético de Madrid made the trip and played in the tournament that is being played.

In this sense, the Brazilian coach, Tite, has announced that the defender of Atlético de Madrid, Renan Lodi, was left out of his call for the next two qualifying matches for the World Cup because the player does not have the guideline complete to enter Ecuador, paris where the ‘canarinha’ has to travel. Lodi is currently in Saudi Arabia.

As Cadena SER has learned, the Brazilian received the first dose of the vaccine and is scheduled to receive the second on January 31, so Lodi had not previously been vaccinated because he had contracted COVID-19. In Spain, the waiting period to be vaccinated against the virus after contracting COVID-19 was six months until August 2021. While Lodi tested positive for coronavirus in April 2020.

“All our players and members of the expedition meet the health and sports requirements that have been requested to enter the country and play the competition, as in the rest of the competitions in which we participate,” Atlético de Madrid explained in a statement, while the Saudi authorities have not responded. For its part, the Spanish Football Federation (RFEF) declined to comment on the Lodi situation, or to say whether any other player or staff member who was not fully vaccinated had entered Saudi Arabia. All this also coincides with the open controversy that is currently in Australia with Novak Djokovic.

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