'Where are our stars?’ cry Saudi Arabia fans after La Liga clubs leave out Green Falcons

Fahad Al-Muwallad joined Levante and Salem Al-Dawsari moved to Villarreal
Updated 03 February 2018

'Where are our stars?’ cry Saudi Arabia fans after La Liga clubs leave out Green Falcons

LONDON: Some Saudi Arabia football fans have reacted with bemusement after two of their World Cup stars were left out of the match day squads by their adopted La Liga clubs.
Fahad Al-Muwallad joined Levante and Salem Al-Dawsari moved to Villarreal last month as part of a joint initiative between La Liga and the Saudi Football Federation that saw nine Saudi players move to Spain in a bid for them to gain top-level experience ahead of the World Cup.
However, Al-Muwallad has not been named in the Levante squad for their game with Real Madrid tonight while Al-Dawsari has missed out on selection for Villarreal’s game at Real Betis this evening. Both clubs announced their lineups on Twitter and fans took the opportunity to bombard the accounts of both teams with comments, expressing their frustration, with a mixture of annoyance, frustration and good humor.



 



97 players, staff test positive for virus as Saudi football clubs resume training

Updated 12 July 2020

97 players, staff test positive for virus as Saudi football clubs resume training

  • Authorities introduce a range of protocols to ensure a safe return to competition

JEDDAH: Almost 100 footballers and staff have tested positive for COVID-19 as Saudi football clubs resume training for the Prince Mohammed bin Salman Football League competitions.

The Saudi Arabian Football Federation said that 1,351 tests were carried out between June 21 and July 8, resulting in 50 players and 47 administrative staff testing positive.

Matches in the professional league are set to resume on Aug. 4 after being suspended in March due to the COVID-19 pandemic, which halted all sports activities in the Kingdom.

The Saudi Pro League Association and relevant authorities have introduced a range of protocols to ensure a safe return to competition.

Players are encouraged to use hand sanitizers and disinfectants before and after training. Surfaces will be cleaned and sanitized around the clock, and coaching and administrative staff must wear face masks at all times.

Staff and players will have their temperatures checked at the entrance to training grounds, which will have designated entrances and exits to avoid overcrowding. Staff will also check for symptoms among players during training sessions.

HIGHLIGHTS

• According to the Saudi Arabian Football Federation, 1,351 tests were carried out between June 21 and July 8, resulting in 50 players and 47 administrative staff testing positive.

• Matches in the professional league are set to resume on Aug. 4 after being suspended in March due to the COVID-19 pandemic, which halted all sports activities in the Kingdom.

• The Saudi Pro League Association and relevant authorities have introduced a range of protocols to ensure a safe return to competition.

Pools will remain closed, while equipment including balls, goalposts and training items, as well as training spaces used by players, will be disinfected before and after use.

Staff members older than 65 and those who suffer from chronic illness will not be allowed on the field.

The federation also decided to increase the number of substitutes during a game from three to five in line with amendments approved by the International Football Association.

Players must follow social distancing rules while training and on substitute benches and in locker rooms. Exchanging shirts and handshakes are prohibited.

Games will be played without fans.

Training resumed on June 21, 2020, in line with medical protocols and precautionary measures.