Nineteen Angers SCO players and five staff members have tested positive for Covid-19, the Ligue 1 club announced Thursday, which is requesting a postponement of its match scheduled for January 9 against AS Saint-Etienne. “To date, we have identified 19 positive cases in the list of 30 players submitted to the LFP (…) of which more than 10 will not be authorized to play a match before January 10, 2022”, explains the club in a press release published at resuming training.
“This situation leads us to ask the Commission of the LFP (Professional Football League) formed for this purpose, the postponement of the match scheduled for January 9, 2022 at 3:00 pm against ASSE”, continues the SCO.
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Angers SCO requests the postponement of its match against AS Saint-Étienne. ↓ https: //t.co/iQFikYNkWl
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Five players had initially tested positive and excluded from the meeting against Montpellier on December 22, which ended in a severe defeat (4-1). These players had been placed in solitary confinement until December 31, but are not allowed to resume collective training until a week after that date.
“During the holidays, a large number of players and staff informed us of their positive tests for Covid-19. It seems obvious that the contagiousness of the variant is at the origin of this unprecedented spread in Angers SCO, which, until then, had only been little affected by this pandemic “, adds the club which evokes an” explosion “of cases . According to the latest medical protocol of the LFP, a team is allowed to play as long as it has at least 20 players, including a goalkeeper.