Basketball: new cases of Covid-19 at Asvel, its Euroleague match canceled

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The Covid-19 continues to affect the Asvel club (Lyon-Villeurbanne). The club with 19 French league titles deplored this Tuesday four new cases of coronavirus contamination in its workforce, including two players. This therefore brought to eleven the number of positive cases within the club of the Lyon suburbs which was to receive this Tuesday evening (8 p.m.) the Panathinaikos during the 3rd day of Euroleague.

In the evening, it seems that Asvel must have deplored two new positive cases. two too many. One hour before kick-off, the match was canceled and according to the regulations, Asvel is forfeited.

The hypothesis of a forfeit was not excluded from the morning with only nine players available, a few hours to face the Greeks. “Ideally, we would like to be able to isolate the entire workforce but we once again remain dependent on the competitions in which we participate”, explained in a statement the club of Tony Parker, who must also meet the Serbs of the Red Star from Belgrade this Thursday. For the moment, the holding of this next match is very undecided.

Unlike the French Championship (Jeep Elite), which postpones the meeting of a team that is at a standstill, the Euroleague decides a defeat by forfeit (20-0) for a formation which cannot field eight players for a match due to Covid-19.

The Euroleague committee must decide

The Rhone, beaten by the Spaniards of Valence (65-63) then the Italians of Milan (87-73) therefore recorded a third setback in 3 games with this package. The case arose last week with the Slovenes from Ljubljana in the Eurocup (2nd European level) and Bourg-en-Bresse who could not get to Venice on Tuesday, too much reduced by the cases of Covid-19. The situation has not yet taken place in the Euroleague. The decision is now up to the Euroleague disciplinary commission.

ASVEL members affected by the virus are currently placed “in isolation and all in good health or with very slight symptoms,” the club said. These new positive cases come two days after the imbroglio around the American leader Norris Cole, who took part in the first 40 seconds of the Championship meeting in Cholet on Sunday, a few minutes after the club learned of his positive coronavirus test, in full warm-up.

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