The French Ligue 1 recreation between Lens and Nantes as a consequence of be performed on Sunday has been postponed after 11 members of the house squad examined constructive for coronavirus, officers have confirmed.
In an announcement, the league (LFP) stated that “noting the sure absence of 11 Lens gamers from a listing of 30 due to constructive RT-PCR checks…it has determined to postpone the sport between Lens and Nantes scheduled for Sunday to a later date”.
Lens didn’t affirm the identification of the gamers involved, however native newspaper La Voix du Nord reported that two employees members, together with coach Franck Haise, had been additionally constructive.
“The well being state of affairs takes precedence however this adjustments a variety of issues for the league itself,” stated the Nantes coach, Christian Gourcuff, whose squad had already travelled to Lens for the sport.
“I feel that what we now have skilled goes to occur once more.”
It’s not the primary time this season a Ligue 1 recreation has been postponed as a consequence of Covid-19. Marseille’s assembly with Bordeaux on the opening night time of the marketing campaign in August was rescheduled for a similar cause.
After that, and fearing an avalanche of postponements, the LFP relaxed its well being protocol to make sure video games might go forward so long as at the least 20 gamers from a listing of 30 on every crew examined adverse.
The Ligue 2 recreation between Grenoble and Nancy scheduled for Saturday was additionally postponed after 13 Grenoble gamers examined constructive together with 5 employees members.
Lens and its surrounding area, in far northern France, are at present beneath a nighttime curfew together with a lot of the nation as a part of efforts to cut back the unfold of the virus.
France has recorded multiple million instances and near 35,000 deaths from Covid-19.
Elsewhere, Marseille bounced again from their 1-0 midweek loss away to Olympiakos within the Champions League with a victory by the identical margin at Lorient on Saturday.
Argentine defender Leonardo Balerdi headed in from a decent angle for the one aim within the second half after dwelling goalkeeper Paul Nardi was caught beneath a dangling Florian Thauvin free-kick.
Marseille host Manchester Metropolis within the Champions League on Tuesday.
Reigning champions Paris Saint-Germain — crushed at dwelling by Manchester United in Europe in midweek — host Dijon later on the Parc des Princes in a recreation behind closed doorways.
On Friday, Rennes misplaced 2-1 at dwelling to Angers as their unbeaten begin to the season got here to an finish.