06. 03. 2020

CL M: Fakel ask CEV to relocate or postpone match against Perugia

Source: rsport.ria.ru; Photo: fakelvolley.ru

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Russia’s Fakel Novy Urengoy don’t want to travel to Italy for the rematch of the 2020 CEV Men’s Volleyball Champions League quarterfinal against Sir Sicoma Monini Perugia due to the epidemic of the coronavirus.


The Director of Fakel, Nikolay Kapranov, told RIA Novosti that the club asked the European Volleyball Confederation (CEV) to “relocate the rematch from Perugia to neutral territory where the virus situation is calm, or postpone the match to a better situation in Italy.”

Fakel official added that they don’t want to fly because it’s a great risk to the health of the players and the whole team. A reason more for such a decision lies in the fact that those who come from Italy to Russia are put in quarantine for two weeks, which would prevent Fakel from playing the national championship. Poland’s Jastrzębski Węgiel named the exact same reasons when refusing to travel to Italy for the first match of the Champions League quarterfinals against Itas Trentino. And CEV met their demands in the end.

Fakel now await for an official decision of the governing body of European volleyball on this matter. The encounter is due to take place on March 10th. Perugia won the first leg by a 3-1.



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1 Comments about "CL M: Fakel ask CEV to relocate or postpone match against Perugia"

06.03.2020 | 16:27 |   Suisse [unregistered]

So if teams are refusing to go to Italy, fearing catching a virus that most likely is already in their own country, it would be reasonable to ask that all $$ from gate receipts go to the Italian clubs if they have to play these matches on a neutral site. In fact the clubs/Federations who are refusing must compensate these Italian clubs for making such accommodations. This would only be fair to ask and accept.

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06.03.2020 | 21:29 |   Mafia [unregistered]

Re: @Suisse
I know Italians are good in portraying themselves as victims, but if both clubs decide to play on neutral ground they are both losing money not earning in their own halls. You know they don't have to play at all and cut the costs of participating in Champions League . Are Italian clubs too greedy and more concerned in getting to semifinals no matter the cost and other players life?

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06.03.2020 | 21:44 |   Mafia [unregistered]

Re: @Suisse
But as of Italians teams that already played abroad you may have a point, though both clubs are not responsible for spreading the coronavirus it would be nice to at least partially cover the costs :).

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