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PARIS: The French Ligue 1 match between Lens and Nantes due to be played on Sunday October 25 has been postponed after 11 members of the local team tested positive for the coronavirus, officials confirmed
In a statement, the league (LFP) said that « noting the certain absence of 11 Lens players from a list of 30 due to positive RT-PCR tests, it has decided to postpone the scheduled match between Lens and Nantes Sunday at a later date «
This is not the first time this season that a Ligue 1 match has been postponed because of Covid-19 Marseille’s meeting with Bordeaux on the campaign’s opening night in August has been postponed for the same reason
After that, and fearing an avalanche of postponements, the LFP relaxed its health protocol to ensure matches could continue as long as at least 20 players on a roster of 30 from each team tested negative.
The Ligue 2 match between Grenoble and Nancy scheduled for Saturday was also postponed after 13 Grenoble players tested positive alongside five staff members
Lens and its surrounding region in the far north of France are currently under a nighttime curfew along with much of the country as part of efforts to reduce the spread of the virus
Elsewhere, Marseille bounced back from their 1-0 midweek defeat to Olympiakos in the Champions League with a victory by the same margin in Lorient on Saturday
Argentina defender Leonardo Balerdi came in from a tight angle for the only goal of the second half after home goalkeeper Paul Nardi was caught under a suspended free kick from Florian Thauvin
Defending champions Paris Saint-Germain will later host Dijon at Parc des Princes in a match that will be played behind closed doors
Rennes lost 2-1 at home to Angers on Friday as their unbeaten start to the season came to an end
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World news – GB – Football: French Ligue 1 match canceled as Lens reports 11 cases of COVID-19
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