LIGUE 1

Olympique Marseille confirm three positive Covid-19 tests, three days before Ligue 1 starts

Just three days prior to the 2020-21 Ligue 1 campaign beginning, French club Olympique Marseille have three employees have tested positive for Covid-19.

Marseille confirm trio of positive COVID-19 tests three days before Ligue 1 starts

Olympique Marseille announced three "suspected" coronavirus cases have been confirmed just three days before the start of the new Ligue 1 season. The French club revealed on Sunday that three individuals within their "professional workforce" had been detected as potentially having Covid-19.

Four coronavirus cases at Marseille

Their communication at the time indicated the club was seeking confirmation regarding these cases and follow-up tests on Monday all came back positive. These take the club's positive cases up to four in the past week.

Marseille are due to kick off the 2020-21 Ligue 1 campaign this Friday at home to Saint-Étienne – it is unclear how these new positive tests will impact on that scheduled fixture. Friday's match will be the first Ligue 1 game since early March, when French authorities suspended action due to the coronavirus – the competition was then officially ended prematurely on 28 April.