As deaths from coronavirus began to fall in France the country set out plans to launch its 2020/21 soccer Ligue 1 season.
Yet the opening match of the new season has been postponed after four player tested positive for coronavirus at Marseille.
Marseille were due to host Saint-Etienne on Friday but the game will now be played on either 16 or 17 September.
The French league told clubs last week its protocol for dealing with coronavirus meant more than three positive cases at a club was likely to lead to a postponement.
On Friday, France was added to a list of countries from which those arriving in the UK are required to quarantine for two weeks.
France has also seen it’s number of infections rise in recent weeks with the government brining in regulations for workers to wear masks.