Noting “the certain unavailability of more than 10 players on the list of 30 players of OGC Nice due to positive RT-PCR tests”, the Professional Football League (LFP) on Tuesday recorded the postponement of Marseille-Nice , counting for the 11th day of Ligue 1 and scheduled for this Saturday at 9 p.m. The LFP did not give a new date for the meeting. Since Friday, the match was considered postponed in view of the 12 contaminated players and technical staff.
According to the health protocol of the LFP in force since the beginning of September, a meeting must be postponed if, within a team, less than 20 players on a list of 30 are negative. On the Marseille side, we did not fail to question the anticipated nature of the postponement in question. In a statement, OM estimated Friday that this “decision, more than a week before the meeting, (appeared) surprisingly premature” and should not be taken “eight days before the scheduled date”.
“We are surprised that the match is postponed a week before, the decision was taken very quickly,” added a source close to the management of OM on Tuesday. By retesting Friday morning, the day of the match, they might have had fewer cases … “
The Olympian club recalled that the two previous matches postponed due to the pandemic, Lens-Nantes and Marseille-Lens, were respectively “the day before and two days before the match”.
OM wanted to play Marseille – Lens this weekend
On November 10, Nice announced the closure of its training center and its training center. The club had also canceled collective training “in order to guard against an overly active circulation of the virus”.
“We are a little disgusted, we blow in the upper echelons of OM on Tuesday. We could have played our late match against Lens this weekend but “they” (Editor’s note: Lens) didn’t want to. It’s a shame the LFP doesn’t have enough weight. We are playing in the Champions League, it would have been interesting for broadcasters to have an OM-Lens. The league thought it was a good idea (Editor’s note: even if it means postponing Sunday’s Dijon – Lens, these two teams not playing in the European Cup). Are we going to play them when our games are late? With the calendar we have … “
This is the fourth match of L 1 postponed this season due to the epidemic, the third concerning OM. Engaged in the Champions League and therefore faced with an overloaded schedule, with two matches per week until the end of the year, the Marseille club will see this infernal pace continue. The team are already awaiting a new date for their match against Lens, initially scheduled for October 30 and postponed. The calendar puzzle will also arise for Nice, which plays in the Europa League.
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