Jacques (sports doctor), on RMC, had given his feelings on the maintenance of the meeting between the Girondins de Bordeaux and the Olympique de Marseille, alerting of the dangers to the health of the players, in the short and long term.
“I am from Bordeaux but above all a sports doctor, and more focused on rugby than football. The first thing is that in terms of health, it is completely stupid and even dangerous to put these soccer players on the field. I find it extremely dangerous when you know the impact it can have on long-term health, on the heart, the lung. These are high intensity players, and that needs to be taken into account. The protocol exists and we must respect it, except that in the case of the Girondins it changed a few days earlier. Even if they are considered cured, I do not see how these players can be able to play a game. Medically, it is not reasonable to play this game. The League should have adapted, and used common sense […] Athletes are strongly impacted by these variants. We are talking about the Omicron, but we have forgotten the Delta, which is a particularly dangerous variant ”.
« You have to live with the Covid now, but this is about people’s health. I can assure you, and I can assure you, that I have seen cardiac MRI scans of high-level athletes after Covid, who have myocarditis pathologies, serious things, and which they will keep for their entire lives. Maybe the people of the FFF and the LFP have other problems, especially economic ones, but all the same… It disturbs me. It’s a high level sport, high intensity, it’s not people behind a desk: you can’t play with a virus like that ”.
“There are long-term things that we don’t know. On the other hand, on the Covid, we have enough publications coming out, and which alert us to the fact of making high-level athletes play with a Covid, or just coming out of a Covid, which moreover is without suitable training, n is not reasonable. There the complications are short-term. We already have images that appear from cardiac MRIs, pulmonary scans, etc. ”