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Manchester City cancels France’s pre-season friendly

Manchester City's friendly match canceled due to COVID-19 guidelines

The Premier League champions Manchester City have cancelled their pre-season friendlies in France.

On Wednesday, Manchester City cancelled their pre-season in France due to the COVID-19 guidelines in Britain against Troyes. 

If someone is arriving in Britain from France, there should be a home quarantine for a minimum of five to five to 10 days, as per the British government rules.

“Both the clubs were ready to play the friendly match in France. But according to the recent changes in United Kingdom guidelines of coronavirus for the travellers coming back from France. It has made the required restrictions too difficult to overcome,” said Manchester City.

Manchester City will not be playing their friendly match against Troyes

Ligue 1 new side for the upcoming season, Troyes is also owned by Abu Dhabi’s City Football Group, includes Major League Soccer side New York City and Spanish team Girona. The club became part of the CFG stable last year.

Pep Guardiola’s side will be continuing their pre-season preparations in Manchester. They don’t have any plans to reschedule or to play any other friendly.

The Citizens will play the second-tier Preston North End behind closed doors on July 27. A friendly match played before the Community Shield at London’s Wembley Stadium against FA Cup winners Leicester City on August 7. 

A club statement said: “Manchester City are disappointed to confirm that our planned pre-season friendly at fellow CFG (City Football Group) club ES Troyes AC has been cancelled.”

France, now in an ‘amber-plus’ category for travel. People will be compulsorily in home isolation for a minimum of five to 10 days, after entering the UK. Even if the people have taken both doses of vaccine. 

Guardiola’s side began their training on Monday but a number of star players from their team were not there as they have to report back to the club after finishing their international duties with their country in the Euro 2020.

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