Hard hit by the coronavirus, with more than a dozen positive cases, both among its players and its staff, Chambly must still play Saturday evening in Clermont. Marius Delaunay, Covid-19 co-referent and club organization and security director, testifies for RMC Sport of the concern and incomprehension of his group.
Eleventh positive coronavirus case detected among its players, FC Chambly-Oise is still forced to play Saturday evening (7 p.m.) its match of the 25th day of Ligue 2 in Clermont. This decision is the consequence of a strict application of health regulations, the last contamination not having been observed by a PCR test (but an antigen test). At the club, which has only 16 players (including the goalkeeper coach forced to come out of retirement to make up the number), misunderstanding is mixed with concern.
“There is the regulation, no problem. But there is also the practice,” said Marius Delaunay, Covid-19 co-referent and director of organization and safety of the club, contacted by RMC Sport. “We had many cases in a very short time, and confirmations of an English variant which is much more contagious,” he observes.
“Not the heart to play”
“There is a sanitary condition in this country which means that we must all be vigilant. At the club, we have been experiencing this very badly for two to three weeks,” said Marius Delaunay. “Is it normal or not? I cannot answer. In any case, we will play this meeting because we have to play it, but we may not have the heart for it”.
Because in view of the recent evolution of the health situation within the club, “the players are worried”, confirms the leader. “They saw their friends affected by this disease, lying in bed, he says. We are clearly affected by the Covid, and when we see everything that is said in the media, we have the right to be worried. Even more my president for his employees “.
“Personally, I would have preferred that the boys and the whole delegation returned to Chambly to isolate themselves very quickly”, concludes Marius Delaunay.