The Belgian football clubs are experiencing more and more problems keeping the corona virus out of the club walls. To get the number of infections under control faster, the Pro League has made new agreements.
For the time being, only players or employees who tested positive for the corona virus had to be quarantined. Nevertheless, the virus still spread like wildfire at Mouscron or Deinze, for example. That is why the Pro League is taking stricter measures.
From now on clubs – in consultation with the Pro League – can decide to go into complete lockdown for a number of days, whereby all activities at the club can be stopped.
The first club to make use of the new measure was Mouscron. Between October 29 and November 2, the Hainauts were collectively quarantined.
Mouscron has been hit hard by the corona virus in recent weeks with about 25 players infected. The matches against Cercle Brugge and STVV were postponed. Next weekend’s match against OHL is also canceled. This week, twelve more people tested positive, including seven basic players.
Playing on European evenings, matches on Friday and Monday in the same weekend
Waasland-Beveren, KV Mechelen, Deinze and RWDM have also seen matches postponed due to a high number of infections. A number of teams may follow in the coming weeks.
To make sure that all those matches can be made up, the Pro League decided that make-up matches can also be scheduled on evenings with European football.
Because UEFA bans national duels at the same time as a European match, that kick-off must be given early in the evening.
The Pro League also gives the opportunity to play two matches during the weekend, one on Friday evening and the other on Monday evening.
The Pro League also has two make-up dates foreseen at the end of December and the beginning of January, should full match days be postponed.