UEFA has confirmed the cancellation of the round of 16 second leg of the Women’s Champions League between PSG and Sparta Prague due to cases of Covid at the French club. The body specified that the case will be “submitted to the UEFA Control, Ethics and Disciplinary Body for a decision”.
In the first leg played on March 9, Paris-Saint-Germain crushed the Sparta Prague players 5-0 thanks in particular to a double from Marie-Antoinette Katoto. But two days later, three Parisians and a member of the staff tested positive for the coronavirus. The detection of these many cases led to the postponement of the clash between the two leaders of the women’s D1, PSG and Olympique Lyonnais, initially scheduled for last Saturday.
The hypothesis of a match lost on the green carpet (3-0) to PSG, which would remain qualified after its 5-0 victory in the first leg, was raised on Tuesday, in particular by Sparta Prague, who had announced that they had won the first leg. round back, before removing this information from its site. The first leg, scheduled for March 3, had already been disrupted since it had to be postponed to March 17, this time due to positive cases in the Czech squad, and the order of the meeting had even been reversed, the “return” being therefore brought forward to March 9th.
The UEFA control, ethics and discipline body will therefore rule to determine what fate to grant to this second leg, and therefore to the result of this round of 16. The quarter-finals will take place on April 23-24, and the winner will be against OL.
And at PSG, the coronavirus is creating other problems. Already closed a few weeks ago due to several cases of Covid within it, the Paris-Saint-Germain training center was once again closed on Tuesday March 16 due to numerous cases of Covid detected among players and staff members. According to a press release, the Parisian club is counting on a reopening next week. “The Club has therefore decided, as a precautionary measure, to temporarily close its Training Center until Monday 22 Tuesday” indicates the press release. This reopening will depend on the results of the new screening session scheduled for Friday March 19.