A nice cluster. Confronted, like the rest of the country and the world, with the epidemic outbreak caused by the superposition of the 5th wave of Covid-19 due to the Delta variant and that caused by the Omicron, the world of sport is also seriously plunged back into the health crisis. And it is not the Angers football club that will say the opposite since here it is faced with an unprecedented situation in Ligue 1: 19 of its players, out of a workforce of 30, are now positive for the coronavirus. Just like 5 members of the technical staff.
As a result, in an official press release published on Thursday, the SCO, which will face Saint-Etienne on January 9 in the French Championship, quite simply asks the League to postpone this meeting. Because, as the club recalls, citing the health protocol implemented in Ligue 1, out of these 19 positive cases, “more than 10 will not be allowed to play a match before January 10, 2022.”
A club hitherto little affected by the Covid
Recalling that “5 players had been forced to leave the group which had flown to Hérault, forcing our team to play a meeting in delicate conditions (4-1 defeat)”, Angers explains that during the Christmas holidays, “A significant number of players and staff have informed us of their positive Covid-19 tests”.
While France has known for a few days a record number of cases, it “seems obvious” for the club currently 11th in L1 “that the contagiousness of the variant is at the origin of this unprecedented spread in Angers SCO, which, until then , had only been slightly affected by this pandemic. “