The primary recreation of the French soccer season was postponed Tuesday due to an outbreak of COVID-19 circumstances at Marseille.
The French league mentioned in an announcement that Marseille’s house recreation towards Saint-Étienne on Friday was moved to Sept. 16 or 17.
The choice got here shortly after Marseille confirmed three constructive circumstances amongst its first-team gamers and workers.
The league mentioned France’s nationwide COVID fee suggested to postpone the sport as a result of “the virus is circulating throughout the membership.”
French membership Nîmes additionally reported two suspected circumstances Tuesday and mentioned its workers was isolating forward of contemporary testing. It’s scheduled to host Brest on Sunday.
The setback for French soccer comes as Paris Saint-Germain and Lyon put together to play within the Champions League semifinals in Lisbon — the primary time France has had two groups at that stage of the competitors.
French soccer was broadly criticized within the spring after it was the best profile European league to finish the season early throughout the pandemic somewhat than attempt to restart. The standings have been declared ultimate with PSG retaining its title and Marseille second. Marseille will play within the subsequent Champions League in October.
In Germany, England, Italy and Spain, leagues restarted after shutting down for a number of months and accomplished their packages in June and July. These leagues begin the 2020-21 season in September.
Marseille didn’t say if any gamers within the group coached by André Villas-Boas have been affected.
Nîmes had additionally reported one suspected case of COVID-19 final week and canceled a warm-up recreation towards Dijon.
The postponement at Marseille upended plans to start a brand new league broadcast rights deal on the Vélodrome Stadium. French media reported the Téléfoot channel, which launched Monday, is working with the league to maneuver a special recreation into the Friday night slot.
The opening weekend already misplaced the PSG and Lyon video games, postponed to Sept. 16 due to the Champions League. PSG performs Leipzig on Tuesday and Lyon faces Bayern Munich on Wednesday.
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