Luxembourg Qualifier 'Could Be Postponed' Following Illness

Food Poisoning Hits Team Ahead of Belarus Match

08.09.2015

Specialist illness lawyers have described reports that a Euro 2016 qualifier may have to be postponed as a result of a suspected food poisoning outbreak as another example of the significant impact such problems can have. 

The majority of Luxembourg’s national football team have been suffering from ‘terrible stomach aches’ since Sunday evening, following a meal at the hotel they’re staying at in Minsk ahead of a European Championship match with Belarus. 

As a result of the problems, Luxembourg have contacted UEFA to discuss potentially rearranging Tuesday’s Group C game. 

Irwin Mitchell’s specialist illness lawyers represent people who have suffered serious health problems as a result of such outbreaks, helping them to secure financial support to cover them for time off work and in some cases to help them gain vital support. 

Responding to the news of these illness problems, Suki Chhokar, Partner and illness expert at Irwin Mitchell, said:

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“With the match now being thrown into doubt, this shows the serious impact that gastric illness problems can have on those affected – even on fit and active sportsmen.

“Through our work, we have seen numerous cases in which people have been forced to take time off work or faced significant disruption in their lives as a result of illness outbreaks. However, it should also be remembered that such issues can also escalate and in some instances people may never fully recover.

“With this in mind, it is vital that such cases are always carefully and thoroughly investigated, with a view to ensure that where possible lessons can be learned reducing the likelihood of such problems re-occurring.”
Suki Chhokar, Partner