Fortuna striker Basala Sambo against Twente on the side due to Brexit

Photo: © Fortuna Sittard

Coach Sjore Alti cannot call up the striker with the valor of Sambo on Saturday night in the first league game of the new season.

The striker is forced to let the opening match of the season against FC Twente go through. He is ineligible to play due to Brexit.

On January 31, 2020, the United Kingdom left the European Union. Since then, it has become compulsory for Britons in the Netherlands to obtain a work and residence permit. To facilitate this, a withdrawal agreement was formed. An arrangement whereby persons domiciled and registered in the Netherlands on December 31, 2020 retain the necessary licenses in accordance with the terms of existing contracts.

George Cox falls under this arrangement, which means he was eligible to play for the club as of January 1, 2021. The same request for Sambou was recently denied. The striker was leased to Danish club Randers from October, so he was not a resident of the Netherlands at the time of the arrangement, despite Sittard having a permanent contract. But at that time, the terms of the withdrawal agreement were not yet known.

The club has done its best to make Sambou eligible to play, but so far to no avail. A solution is currently being sought with the concerned parties and authorities.

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