As in Ligue 1, the health protocol applied in Ligue 2 provides for a postponement of the match if a club has 11 positive cases within 48 hours of the match. But in Chambly, the 11th positive case was detected the day before the meeting in Clermont.
Saturday, during the 25th day of Ligue 2, Chambly lost to Clermont (0-1) with a reduced workforce. Indeed, the Ile-de-France club will have lived a totally crazy week with first a seven-hour bus trip, in the snow, before the appearance of 11 positive cases in the professional group.
But one of them will have received a positive PCR test only 48 hours before the start of the match. Despite some discussions with President Fulvio Luzi, the Professional Football League (LFP) has decided not to postpone this meeting.
At the start of the epidemic, the LFP decided to quickly set up two COVID-19 working groups. A first in charge mainly of the classification, the scenarios for the end of the championships or the return or not of the public in the stadiums.
Among its members are Nicolas Holveck (Rennes) and Waldemar Kita (Nantes). The other “commission” deals with it on a case-by-case basis, and is mainly made up of doctors such as Doctor Christiano Eirale (PSG) and Doctor Franck Pelisier (OL).
A protocol validated at the start of the season by the presidents, including that of Chambly
According to a first source close to the file, incomprehension reigns again this morning after the continuation of this meeting of Ligue 2. The protocol which provides for a postponement following 11 cases, and not 4 as at first, is not due. everything suited to a club like Chambly, which does not benefit from a “very supplied” bench like, for example, PSG in Ligue 1.
Another source specifies that this change in protocol was made by the LFP, validated by the board of directors and therefore also validated at the start of the season by club presidents like that of Chambly. At the time of discussions with the body of French football, the clubs of the second division would therefore have had the opportunity to request a lower figure.
The LFP says today that it is applying the protocol recommended by the government with two tests in three days, including one on the day of the match, especially for the resumption of the Coupe de France. The goal is obviously to reduce the risks as much as possible.
For this case, the players lined up will therefore have had two tests on a Thursday and a Saturday with tests validated by the ARS Clermont. But there is no such thing as zero risk, unless you prevent all training and all encounters as soon as a player is sick.