4th Covid-19 case forces delay of Ligue 1's Marseille v Saint-Etienne opener
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Marseille’s opening match of the 2020/21 season against Saint-Etienne was postponed on Tuesday after a fourth person at the club tested positive for coronavirus.
The match, due to take place at the Vélodrome on Friday evening was scheduled as the stand-alone first fixture of the new campaign season.
The game between Bordeaux and Nantes will replace it as the poster event for a league that was cancelled in April as part of the French government’s attempts to stem the spread of the disease.
A la suite des tests effectués ce lundi, aucun nouveau cas de #COVID19 n’a été révélé, mais les 3 cas suspects de dimanche ont été confirmés.— Olympique de Marseille (@OM_Officiel) August 18, 2020
Le club a transmis l’ensemble des éléments à la @LFPfr. pic.twitter.com/jUU0uJL2wD
The LFP said the match would be rescheduled for 16 or 17 September.
Nearly 40 Ligue 1 players from 11 clubs have tested positive for Covid-19 in recent weeks.
The vast majority contracted the virus after resuming training in June.
Two matches programmed for this weekend - Paris Saint-Germain's clash with Metz and Montpellier against Lyon - have been cancelled because PSG and Lyon are playing RB Leipzig and Bayern Munich respectively in the semi-finals of the Uefa Champions League in Portugal.
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