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FIFA backs CAF over Ebola measures


MOROCCO-STARSZURICH, October 28- World football’s governing body FIFA issued a statement Tuesday backing African counterparts CAF over their measures to control the spread of the Ebola virus.

FIFA said they were in regular contact with the World Health Organisation (WHO) in order to help impede the spread of Ebola, known as EVD (Ebola Virus Disease) at sporting events.

“FIFA supports the decision by the Confederation of African Football (CAF) to organise the international matches of the countries currently experiencing EVD intense transmission (Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea) on neutral ground,” said the statement.

FIFA also said they recommend clubs “carry out a medical check-up” on players returning from “an international fixture involving a high-risk country”.

FIFA confirmed that the Club World Cup would go ahead in Morocco in December as planned.

“According to the World Health Organisation there are currently no cases of Ebola reported from Morocco and therefore all preparations continue as planned.

“FIFA is monitoring the situation and is in close contact with the Moroccan authorities and constantly updating its position in accordance with WHO technical guidance,” added the statement.