We let some do some things and we suffer , fulminates Dominique Leroux, president of the group of supporters Sang et Or, Captain Siko. The object of his anger: the consequences of the postponement of Lens-PSG, postponed from August 29 to September 10 to allow Parisian players to breathe after their journey to the Champions League final.
As soon as the postponement was recorded, most of the Parisian players went on vacation, a good part of which was in Ibiza, in the Balearic Islands, where the virus is actively circulating. Mauro Icardi, Keylor Navas, Marquinhos and Ander Herrera have photographed themselves on social networks, parading on yachts off the Spanish island popular with football stars.
But the holidays in the sun turned into a fiasco. Three players in the workforce – superstar Neymar and Argentinian midfielders Angel Di Maria and Leandro Paredes – caught the coronavirus there, according to information from the newspaper The team.
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All the players in contact with the three infected were placed in quarantine and tested, explains the club, which, medical secrecy requires, has not confirmed or denied the identity of those affected. Thursday, it was the turn of the players who left elsewhere than in Ibiza to be tested, before a return to training which was postponed to the next day.
However, the health protocol currently in place by the Professional Football League (LFP) provides for the possibility of postponing a match from four positive cases within a club over eight days. The LFP certainly wants to amend the rule to ensure
that as long as 20 players in the roster are negative, then the match can be maintained, according to the explanations delivered Wednesday to AFP by Didier Quillot. But the executive director general did not say when the rule could go into effect.
“The turkeys of the stuffing”
In Lens, the possibility of a second postponement of the poster, the first match in L1 at the Bollaert stadium since 2011, infuriates the supporters questioned.
Fortunately there are not too many supporters in the stadiums, because they would still be the turkeys of the farce, with the many matches postponed., quips Pierre Revillon, spokesperson for the Red Tigers, the main ultra group of the Marek tribune.
It’s all fuck up after a first postponement. There, to go on vacation together, with nightlife… It was sure that would happen, plague Loïc Willer, president of the North Devils. Because a posteriori, the photos abundantly relayed by the Parisian stars on Instagram, show a very relative respect for barrier gestures despite the club’s instructions.
These players think they can do anything. They are gone, party without thinking. Result, who will pass for a fool? The PSG club. Without forgetting the LFP which was able to authorize this, says Dominique Leroux, from the Captain Siko group. If the match were to be held, Parisian coach Thomas Tuchel would in any case be faced with a puzzle.
In addition to the three contaminated and therefore unavailable executives, the German technician will have to deal with the state of form of his French internationals Kylian Mbappé and Presnel Kimpembe, selected with the Blues to face Croatia two days before the match in Lens. And he will also have to anticipate the reception of Marseille three days later at the Parc des Princes, a prelude to two meetings the following week against Metz and Nice. For the Lensois, the return to Ligue 1 is likely to face an alternate team … Already, the party is wasted.