Maccabi cancels training due to additional COVID-19 cases
By Johnny Askounis / [email protected]
Maccabi Playtika Tel Aviv canceled Thursday’s training and will update the squad’s status later today ahead of the scheduled match against Panathinaikos OPAP in Athens. Turkish Airlines EuroLeague Regular Season Matchday 21 is currently scheduled for Friday.
The team coached by Greek tactician Giannis Sfairopoulos has been inactive since January 3 due to several players and coaching staff who tested positive for COVID-19. In addition to domestic competitions, the coronavirus spike resulted in the suspension of round 19 and 20 home games against Bitci Baskonia and ALBA Berlin, respectively.
Several other matches in Europe’s first continental club competition have been suspended since Matchday 17. Zalgiris facing AX Armani Exchange Milan was the first game postponed due to positive COVID-19 cases.
Round 18 consists of five games, Olympiacos against CSKA Moscow, Olimpia Milano against Alba Berlin, LDLC ASVEL Villeurbanne against FC Bayern Munich, Panathinaikos OPAP against Zalgiris and Fenerbahce Beko against Real Madrid, suspended.
All nine matches on Matchday 19 were put on hold before action resumed on Matchday 20, with four of the nine games going according to the original schedule during the double-match weekend. Apart from the Maccabi match, Zenit Saint Petersburg against ASVEL, AS Monaco against UNICS Kazan, Crvena Zvezda mts against Real and Baskonia against Anadolu Efes were not played.
Round 21 Olympiacos v Zenit, Fenerbahce v Alba, Zalgiris v Crvena Zvezda and Milan v UNICS have pushed the number of suspended matches back to 25. Six matches have since been rescheduled as the teams involved hope to recover from COVID positive . -19 tests and get the 2021-22 campaign back on track.