Arambagh Krira Sangha’s newly-appointed Brazilian coach Douglas Silva de Santos on Saturday violated the government’s quarantine rule as he joined his team in Munshigonj without performing the compulsory quarantine
Douglas Silva de Santos, who arrived in Dhaka on the same day morning from Dubai, directly joined the team at Birshreshtha Flight Lieutenant Matiur Rahman Stadium in Munshiganj where they had a Bangladesh Premier League match against Saif Sporting Club.According to the COVID-19 protocols issued by the health ministry, foreigners or nonresidential citizens must undergo a compulsory four-day quarantine after arriving in Bangladesh.
The citizen will undergo a COVID-19 test in the four-day quarantine period although he has one or many previous COVID-19 test reports with him.
If the citizen tests COVID-19 negative only then he can get out from the compulsory quarantine but not before four days.
National Sports Council secretary Masood Karim said, "According to the government COVID-19 protocols, foreigners or travellers must follow proper health measures after arriving here including quarantine period. We are still following these rules and we have not got any new protocols from the government.
“All of our federations have to follow these rules. In some special cases, they may get some flexibility but they must have to inform the sports ministry or the health ministry.
“Also, our airport authorities have some special protocols on COVID-19 issue but as per as I know no one can directly join workstation without a minimum quarantine time,” he added.However, Arambagh General Secretary Yaqub Ali defended his coach and told The Daily Sun that the newly appointed coach had COVID-19 test reports which he felt was enough for the coach to join the team.
“He landed here at 08:00am and then directly joined the team in the venue in Munshigonj. He watched the match there. He won't stay in quarantine because he came with his COVID-19 tests reports,” said Yaqub.
Bangladesh Football Federation senior Vice-President and Professional Football League Committee Chairman Abdus Salam Murshedy MP informed that the clubs are only responsible for their respective health measures.
“I think he had undergone COVID-19 tests one or two times before arriving here. If he did it then he didn't need to follow quarantine rules. The present situation in our country is almost normal so we can give the participating teams some space.
“But the clubs have some responsibilities and they must follow other health measures including COVID-19 tests,” Murshedy added.
Arambagh KS, who are placed at the bottom in the ongoing BPL, earlier signed a six-month deal with Douglas. The 46-year old Brazilian replaced their previous Indian coach Subrata Bhattacharya Jr.