The Dijon club, 20th and last in Ligue 1, announced on Tuesday March 16 that it had decided not to release some of its international players playing outside of Europe during the next international break at the end of March.
“Forced to have to observe a period of isolation of more than five days upon returning from their selections, internationals playing outside the European area will not be allowed to join their respective national teams.“, informs the DFCO in a press release.
The Burgundy club relies on an authorization from the International Federation (FIFA). In this case, the Dijon players concerned would be unable to defend the colors of their team for its trip to Marseille on April 4 for the 31st day of Ligue 1.
Gabonese Didier Ecuele Manga and Didier Ndong, Mauritanian Aboubaka Kamara, Senegalese Pape Cheikh Diop, Beninese goalkeeper Saturnin Allagbé, Congolese Glody Ngonda and Bissau-Guinean Mama Baldé are affected by this DFCO decision.
However, Swiss goalkeeper Anthony Racioppi and Kosovar midfielder Bersant Celina are allowed to leave. The club reserves the right, however, to review its position according to the evolution of the health situation.