Vancouver Whitecaps FC confirmed on Wednesday that both center back Jasser Khmiri and forward Yordy Reyna will undertake a mandatory 14-day self-quarantine period as ordered by club officials, in consultation with the team's medical staff, after contravening club and league orders to abide by provincial physical distancing guidelines. The club has made Major League Soccer aware of the incident and will remain in contact with the league office as they review the situation.
“Our public health authorities are doing an incredible job leading us through this pandemic and we fully support them in their work,” said Whitecaps FC sporting director Axel Schuster in a statement. “As a club and member of our community, we take the responsibility to demonstrate leadership in this area very seriously. Throughout this crisis, the club has been extremely clear in all our communication on the importance of physical distancing and proper hygiene.”
“I am deeply sorry for my actions and apologize to the community, my teammates and coaches,” added Reyna.
Whitecaps FC are in close discussions with the public health officer, local health authorities, and infectious disease experts in coordinating voluntary individual workout plans for players at the club’s training fields. The club will confirm its plans for individual player workouts in the coming days.