It was to be expected, it is now official. Scheduled for Thursday, November 5 in Chambéry, the meeting between France and Belgium, as part of the qualifications for Euro 2022, was postponed this Wednesday. Indeed, because of the coronavirus pandemic in the world, the Belgian Federation had requested a postponement following the health measures to which their players are subject. For a month, the latter, mostly amateurs, have neither the right to train, nor to play matches and the coach feared for the health of his family. ” I don’t want my players to be cannon fodder. In a sport so demanding physically, athletically, in terms of impact, putting players on the field who have not trained and have not played for a month, it would be unconsciousness ”, recently explained Arnaud Calbry, the French coach of Belgium, in remarks taken up by L’Equipe.
A doubt also for Greece – France
The Belgians’ request was therefore heard and the meeting was officially postponed, as confirmed by the European Federation (EHF) this Wednesday morning. For the moment, no date has been given for the postponement of this France – Belgium, while the schedule is already very dense because of the various postponements. In addition, for the Blues, a doubt also exists for the match in Greece on November 8, because the region where the match was to take place, namely Kozani, being confined. For the time being, the Greek Federation is still looking for another suitable room to host the meeting, but nothing has been finalized for the time being. Appointed coach at the end of last January, Guillaume Gille has therefore still not been able to lead a match with France and could see his debut be further delayed.