The new calendar for the Jupiler Pro League was announced on Saturday evening. With also in the month of August competitions on Antwerp territory. Is that okay? Meanwhile, there is more news.
The Pro League asked for an exception, as it was also granted in Leicester. It also takes every precaution to minimize the coronavirus, as it should be.
Contact sports involve an increased risk and football is a contact sport
The experts will provide official advice as soon as possible, but if it depends on Steven Van Gucht, there will be no exceptional measure. “Contact sports involve an increased risk of the virus spreading. That is why they are banned in the province of Antwerp,” it said. VTM.
“It is not up to Celeval to create an exception for football, that is a political decision. It is the politics that must decide and that must therefore be decided elsewhere, we will not comment on that.”
So it will be up to politicians to come up with a solution. Otherwise, the pressure on the already immensely busy calendar will only increase. The matches may be caught up in December or January, although there were also votes by Paul Gheysens, among others, to postpone competition in its entirety.
The competitions on Antwerp territory in August:
Matchday 1, August 8: Antwerp – Mouscron
Matchday 1, August 9: KV Mechelen – Anderlecht
Matchday 2, August 16: Beerschot – Zulte Waregem
Matchday 3: Antwerp – AA Ghent (weekend from 21 to 23 August)
Matchday 3: KV Mechelen – Cercle Brugge (weekend from 21 to 23 August)
Matchday 1, 1B: Westerlo – Lierse (weekend from 21 to 23 August)