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Euroleague: decimated by cases of Covid-19, Asvel loses two matches on the green carpet

It was predictable, even inevitable. It’s now official! This Wednesday afternoon, the Asvel club announced that it will not be able to host the Red Star of Belgrade on Thursday evening during the 4th day of the Euroleague (C1). Struck by many positive cases of Covid-19 since last weekend – eleven including three in its staff – the team is indeed not able to present eight players on the scoresheet as stipulated in the regulations of European competition.

Tuesday evening, Tony Parker’s club had already been forced to cancel at the last moment, a few hours before kick-off, the match against Panathinaikos Athens.

If the French championship (Jeep Elite) authorizes the postponement of meetings due to positive cases, the Euroleague, it inflicts a match lost by forfeit (20-0) in this same case. Asvel, which had already lost its first two meetings on the European scene on the floor, therefore finds itself with a record of 4 setbacks, which already jeopardizes its chances of qualifying for the final stages. Unless the Euroleague disciplinary judge adapts to this singular situation and changes the texts.

These decisions are obviously not without economic consequences for the club which had announced a provisional budget of 11.5 million euros. A substantial budget which relied on ticketing revenue and an average audience of 3,600 spectators per match. A figure impossible to keep with sanitary measures.

Asvel, which had created controversy this weekend by letting a player positive for Covid play in Cholet for 40 seconds, is now awaiting the decision of the League health committee, which will meet this Wednesday evening, to find out if it will be able to accommodate Gravelines on Monday in a Jeep Elite.

The club with 19 French league titles is not the only one in this case in basketball Europe. St. Petersburg, which could not travel to Spain to face Vitoria and Valencia this week, also lost both of its Euroleague games. In the Eurocup (C2), the Bourg-en-Bresse club, which was due to travel to the Italians in Venice on Wednesday, was also forced to forfeit (and lose its match) after announcing that it was unable to to appear with eight able-bodied players.

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