The North derby is off to a good start. And except for last minute surprises, he will play well next Tuesday (9 p.m.) at the Stade Bollaert-Delelis in Lens. The request of the artesian club to bring the meeting forward to Sunday, so as not to be affected by the return of the gauges to 5,000 spectators announced by the government to fight against Covid-19, was not accepted by its rival Lille , as “L’Equipe” explains.
This request was made by the Sang et Or in the name of “the equitable implementation of government decisions, through similar conditions for the organization of meetings. Racing is fully aware of the constraints, especially for broadcasters and the preparation of the teams, linked to this possible reprogramming, ”the club indicated via a press release published on its official website.
“It is impossible for us to bring this meeting forward to January 2,” explains Olivier Létang, president of LOSC, to “L’Equipe”. We have planned and organized the preparation and return of the players and staff for a match on January 4th, as initially planned and scheduled. “
Asked, the communication service of RC Lens refused to react for the moment to the probable refusal of the FFF. Government measures, which set a tonnage of 5,000 people outdoors, will take effect on January 3, the day before the derby. LOSC supporters were already banned from going to Bollaert by a prefectural decree, following the excesses observed in the league, on September 18.
Apart from PSG which will go to Vannes on Monday at 9:10 p.m. (and which therefore also falls under the gauge), the 13 other matches of these round of 16 will be played on Sunday, Nice having already qualified for the 8th after the joint elimination Paris FC and Olympique Lyonnais.