After Lille’s victory against PSG (1-0) on Saturday, Christophe Galtier was annoyed by the second positive test for Covid-19 from his player Yusuf Yazici and Marco Verratti on the Parisian side. The Lille technician regrets the lack of obligation to retest players who have already contracted the virus. The LFP places the responsibility on the doctors of the clubs.
Despite the success of his Lille team (1-0) at the Parc des Princes against PSG on Saturday, as part of the 31st day of Ligue 1, Christophe Galtier did not fail to question the Covid-19 protocol of the Professional Football League. A position that comes after the new positive test of Yusuf Yazici (already positive in January) on his return from the Turkish selection.
For the LOSC coach, who also cited the similar example of Marco Verratti at the Paris club, his player should have been regularly retested in France, even if he had already contracted the virus. A case which, according to him, is not foreseen by the authority of French football.
“What will happen in the coming week? We finally realize that people who have already had the Covid may have another Covid”, had reacted the Lille coach at a press conference. According to him, the LFP did not require new PCR tests for players with a positive serological test (showing the presence of antibodies which prove that the coronavirus has already been contracted).
“It’s up to the club doctor to make the decision”
Contacted by RMC Sport, an internal source from the LFP specifies that the decision to retest or not players who have already contracted the coronavirus is up to the medical staff of the clubs. “If you read the protocol, it is up to the club doctor to make the decision, specifies this close to the Covid-19 commission. The LOSC one could very well have decided to retest his player before.”
As a reminder, all the doctors of French football have asked this committee that the decision to retest or not the players is up to them. What the government, which has control of the file, has validated. Moreover, the state no longer validates the choice of the UEFA committee, which allowed no longer to be tested for three months after a positive test. Public Health France, taking information from the High Council of Public Health, notes for its part that two months after a positive test, there is no assurance of immunity.