Norway’s Culture Minister ignores Health Directorate advice, says football World Cup qualifier can go on as planned

Abid RajaPhoto: Håkon Mosvold Larsen / NTB
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Minister of Culture Abid Raja (V) says that the World Cup qualifier in football between Norway and Turkey can be played in Oslo, provided that the infection situation does not change.

Thus, the government decided to disregard the Norwegian Directorate of Health, which recommended the removal of the quarantine exemption for football

In a comment for news bureau NTB, Raja noted that – at present – the government would not remove the quarantine exemption for football. 

The match set for March 27 can thus go on as planned.

“Yes – provided that the infection control protocols are followed, that the infection situation at that time is manageable, and that the match is played without an audience or with the audience regulations that apply at the time,” Raja told NTB.

“It is a challenge… But I, as the Minister in charge of sports, sincerely hope that it is possible to carry out that match,” he added.

Source: #Norway Today

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