Sports competitions in Europe interrupted by a new wave of epidemics

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Nine English Premier League football matches have been postponed, including six scheduled for this weekend.

The situation seems to be déjà vu. Admittedly, we are not yet at a complete standstill as in 2020, but facing the current wave of new SARS-CoV-2 contamination, the sports entertainment industry has once again been forced to cancel competitions. In recent days, announcements have multiplied in Europe for, for example, football or rugby.

Multiple postponements in English football championship

Great Britain, which has been particularly affected by the new wave of epidemics, is beyond the Channel where the impact is most significant. The Premier League, the English elite football championship, is therefore facing a positive case inflation among players. “The club doesn’t have a strong enough first team player anymore”assurance, Thursday, management of Leicester club whose two meetings were postponed Thursday and Sunday.

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A total of nine games have already been postponed, six of them this weekend, and the list of clubs affected is growing every day. Manchester United-Brighton, Southampton-Brentford and West Ham-Norwich games scheduled for Saturday were also postponed. Now one of the questions is traditional Boxing Day on December 26 can happen normally: clubs should discuss a possible break during the holidays.

On Friday, British Sports Minister Nigel Huddleston asked players at the BBC to show responsibility and get vaccinated. According to the British Federation, 25% of professional Premier League players are not considering getting vaccinated.

Confusing situation for the European Rugby Cup

In the context of this epidemic, rugby is not protected. Matches scheduled for 2and It counts the results of the European Cups day (Champions Cup and Challenge Cup). Three scheduled for Friday through Sunday have been cancelled: Pau-Saracens, Montpellier-Leinster and Racing 92-Ospreys.

In the case of Racing 92, the French club “Considered a 28-0 winner with five ranking points awarded according to tournament rules”European Professional Club Rugby (EPCR) said in a press release. Montpellier and Pau also won on the green carpet.

Matches are in question due to positive cases between players, as well as travel restrictions between France and England. The French government, on Saturday, “forceful reasons” For travelers to and from the UK “Extremely rapid spread of the Omicron variant”. Since the sport is not seen as a compelling reason, organizers and clubs are hoping to get exemptions from the authorities.

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On the morning of Friday 17 December, Lyon club were able to take off for Wales, “with the consent of the state”to face the Newport Dragons in the European Challenge that same evening.

But after a while, it was officially announced by the EPCR that the weekend matches between French and English clubs were postponed: this is about Stade rochelais, Clermont, Bordeaux-Bègles, Stade toulousain and Stade francais in the Champions Cup. , Biarritz and Brive. Challenging trophy.

Behind closed doors practiced in Germany

Germany, where the Covid-19 wave is now causing between 400 and 500 deaths per day, has very strongly limited the crowding on the sports arenas. Some Länder (regional states), including Bavaria, even made the total decision on camera.

In football, this measure affects not only Bayern Munich without spectators, but also all Winter Sports World Cup events, including the two German stages of the prestigious Four Hills Tournament, a key event of the ski jumping season.

In Spain, the football federation has canceled it as of this weekend for now. “all protocol greetings or tributes” before the games “Additional precaution against the increase in cases”.

In Real Madrid, six players were found to be positive for SARS-CoV-2 in two days, Wednesday and Thursday. To contain this new source of infection, the club announced on Sunday the 18th edition of Cadiz.and championship day.

The World with AFP