Restart of France’s Ligue 1 is plunged into chaos with FOUR Marseille players now testing positive for coronavirus – including ex-Crystal Palace keeper Steve Mandanda – to leave the season opener on Friday facing cancellation
- Marseille’ opening game of the Ligue 1 season is facing the threat of cancellation
- Four players in total have tested positive for coronavirus over the past week
- They reportedly include Jordan Amavi, Maxime Lopez and Valentin Rongier
- Former Crystal Palace goalkeeper Steve Mandanda is believed to be the fourth
Andre Villas-Boas’ side are due to kick off the new campaign against Saint-Etienne on Friday night.
The club carried out more tests on Monday and, while no new cases were found, the club has now confirmed three positive tests from Sunday, as well as Jordan Amavi’s positive case from last week.
French side Marseille have confirmed they have three cases of coronavirus after recent testing
Andre Villas-Boas’ side are due to kick off the new campaign against Saint-Etienne on Friday
A source close to the team reportedly said: ‘Everyone is fine, they would all be asymptomatic apparently.’
According to French outlet RMC Sport, the game against Saint-Etienne will be postponed as a result of the three new positive tests.
The Ligue de Football Professionnel’s rules state that if a team has more than three players or members of backroom staff test positive over the course of eight days than a game can be postponed.
Former Crystal Palace goalkeeper Steve Mandanda is reportedly one of the new positive cases
Midfield duo Maxime Lopez (L) and Valentin Rongier (R) have also tested positive for Covid-19
Ex-Aston Villa defender Jordan Amavi tested positive last week and a friendly was scrapped
The LFP’s ‘Covid Commission’ will reportedly meet again on Tuesday after already holding initial talks over the possibility of postponing the game on Monday.
Marseille were forced to cancel a friendly against Stuttgart last week after Amavi tested positive for Covid-19.
The French season is preparing to start again after the 2019-20 campaign was curtailed due to the crisis caused by the coronavirus outbreak.
Protocol at the time stated that professional sports in France could not return before September but the government has given the green light for the top flight to return this weekend.
Fellow Ligue 1 side Nimes Olympique also announced on Tuesday morning that they have suspicions around two positive cases within their ranks.