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Bateaux FC postpones next match after Hayward players test positive

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Bateaux FC held a team meeting Thursday night to discuss if it will finish the season.

Eau Claire (WQOW) - Bateaux FC's championship season may be in jeopardy.

The team postponed its Sunday match against Hawyard United SC after learning Thursday three Hayward players tested positive for COVID-19.

Bateaux FC President David Ripplinger said four of the six Wisconsin Primary Amateur Soccer League teams have been exposed to the players that tested positive after last weekend's matches.

Bateaux FC held a team meeting Thursday evening at South Middle School to discuss if it will continue playing. The club is currently in first place in the standings with two matches remaining.

"We're basically in limbo right now," Ripplinger said. "Hopefully we'll have a decision in the next week about where the league moves forward."

Ripplinger said the safety and health of Bateaux's players is most important.

Managers from teams met earlier this season and determined if at least 75 percent of the games were played this season (8 for each team), a champion could be crowned. Each team reached the eight game mark last weekend.

Bateaux FC would be crowned champion if the league cancels the rest of the season, but if the league plays on and Bateaux does not, Ripplinger's club will be fined $150 for each of the remaining games and not be crowned champions.

Ripplinger said player safety is more important than playing soccer.

"The health and the safety of our players are first priority. It comes down to that," Ripplinger said. "We'll make the best decision possible with all the information we have."

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