Belgium national team changes travel plans due to Corona concerns


The Belgian Football Association revealed on Monday that it has modified the travel plan of the country’s first national team during the remainder of the group stage of the European Championship 2020 due to concerns about the health situation in Russia in connection with the emerging coronavirus, which is rapidly contagious and spreading.

The Belgian team was scheduled to travel from Copenhagen, after its second match in the group stage against Denmark next Thursday, to Saint Petersburg, Russia, and stay there for three days to prepare for facing Finland at the end of the group stage next Monday.

But the team decided to return from Copenhagen to its bases in his country on the outskirts of the capital, Brussels, to travel to St. Petersburg on the eve of the match against Finland.

The Belgian Federation of Popular Game said in a statement: During our recent stay in St. Petersburg, we discovered that organizing a training camp while staying in a hotel in a large city during the “Covid-19” pandemic is more difficult and complex.

The Belgian national team headed to St. Petersburg last Friday, defeated its Russian counterpart 3-0 on Saturday in its first match in the tournament, and returned to Brussels on Sunday.

The Federation statement added: The Belgian Football Association was forced to take this step in order to protect its players and crew members.. Thus, the players will train in their own training center in a safer environment for Corona and where the best conditions for training are available as well.

The statement also read: Since Saint Petersburg will host three additional matches in the tournament, the training center at Petrovsky Stadium will be under greater pressure, which may seriously affect Belgium’s preparations for the match against Finland.

And it was decided to hold more matches in St. Petersburg after the exclusion of Dublin from hosting last April.


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