January 29, 2022

the round of 16 of the Coupe de France threatened!

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It is today that a Defense Council must take place at the top of the French State to decide on the follow-up to be adopted to fight more effectively against the health crisis in the country. In turn, sport will be impacted by the decisions made by Emmanuel Macron, in particular the round of 16 of the Coupe de France scheduled for this weekend.

For the time being, the FFF has not taken official measures or sent specific instructions to the teams concerned. Everything will depend on the conclusions of the Defense Council of the day. The main hot spot will concern the reception of the public. And, if it was necessary to impose a gauge or even play behind closed doors, L’Équipe ensures that the Federation would not oppose it. Uncertainty should therefore hover for several more hours, not to mention possible twists between now and the end of the week.

No postponement planned?

“There is stress, that’s clear, admits Maxime Ray, president of Vannes OC (N2), opponent of PSG next Monday. We are feverishly awaiting decisions, knowing that the trend is tight. It remains to be seen how much and with what timing. We hope that he will intervene after January 3 to be able to make this beautiful party. With a gauge or a camera, it would be a huge disappointment, even if reason must prevail. So we move forward, but we wait, for example, before signing commitments (security, caterers, etc.) at significant costs. “

The last health protocol sent to the clubs by the FFF dates from December 10 and the regulations are clear: “Given the calendar of the event, no postponement can be pronounced. If the virus is circulating in a club (4 positive tests in 7 days, effective in isolation), the team concerned has no other choice but to withdraw. “

to summarize

Due to the resurgence of positive cases of Covid and the return of the health crisis in France, the holding of the round of 16 of the Coupe de France is clearly threatened from this weekend. Announcements are expected.