The extraordinary story of our special correspondent in Glasgow for the Stade Rochelais match

On Saturday 22 January, La Rochelle did well in Glasgow, winning a bonus in the Champions Cup. Big performance, and it wasn’t the only one this weekend: Frank Bogos tells you about the management side of staying across the canal during the Covid period. stressful

I warn you, I will speak in first person. Like an immediate need to open up, an extremely selfish urge to escape. Accuracy then, this is not a complaint. It still doesn’t fit to cry because we’re going to be working in Glasgow to watch a rugby match…simply a bit of this trip under Omicron. Try to be as short as possible. Just saying this, I’m adding a line. Played badly.

In short, going to the UK these days requires preparation. Kind of seven to eight hours of paperwork (at least to slow), especially when you’re passing somewhere, in this case in Amsterdam. Between the Covid test to be pre-booked in Scotland, the Netherlands quarantine declaration (even without quarantine), the department’s statement that you don’t cough, the PLF (Passenger Locator Form), the DPLF (Digital Passenger Locator Form; in French, the tracking sheet) European digital, which can be found in the online state or otherwise) …

Mr. Sharbas in the arena

Not to mention the reliance, in three phases and over three days, from the design of the SFA. With a video to watch in full, what I am doing is sitting in Merignac, crammed, waiting for the plane, not far from Mr Sharpas, the assistant referee at Scarletts-Bristol.

I need a seat number, which I don’t have, to complete the DPLF. The vicious cycle of the chicken and the egg »

I heard my name is calling out on the microphone, there’s a problem. There will also be a problem with the second flight and a problem with entering the stadium. Every time, a prohibition symbol, a red cross, but “No, it’s good, go ahead”. So much the better. Anyway, I’m fine, pretty sure I’m worried. The next afternoon, match day, a pint left to accompany me against Everton – Aston Villa (0-1) in the Halle of Sports as I seek to put an end to this stubborn DPLF – to be polite. I need a seat number that I don’t have to fill. The vicious circle the chicken and the egg. I will try again later.

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In the morning I learned I was negative, which would save me from being locked in a hotel for a week. I’m not sure I would have had a support committee under my window, it’s not Djokovic who wants. Oh but by the way, what were they talking about on the accreditation form, again? “3 Layer Mask” is mandatory to see players and coaches after the match. A three-layer, three-layer mask, Dipple, teaches me a precious translation ally. Look at my mask: It’s surgical, it’s blue. Ah, there he is. It seems to me that it has only one coat. Too bad for a little nap, after all it’s not me who’s playing. The direction of the pharmacy is guided by GPS.

There was enough to turn your head upside down during this trip, like Thomas LaVault during a match.

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It’s okay, I’m happy, I have a pack of ten thicker masks.”

It’s always weird to have a GPS on foot, but I’m conservative, pretending to know where I’m going. I’ve come across Inès de La Fressange looks alike, unless it’s real, like Thomas Charabas. I do not ask him. I strayed but not too much, anyway to hurry up, my battery will let me go and I have a bus to catch. It’s okay, I’m glad, I have a pack of ten thicker masks (a slight delight in 2022), only to walk again twenty minutes in the other direction. Gradually wondering what, if not a little silly, this quest is. As if they were at Scottston Stadium they would ask me to take off my mask to count my diapers…

eighty-one pages…

No, right away, it’s great, plus La Rochelle’s win. On the other hand, the internet has told me five times that “this seat is not available” and that it will be “maybe later”. No seat, no DPLF, Sunday morning at the airport you can’t miss, “Where’s your DPLF?”. explain. Well, you’ve got your boarding pass, and this will do it. Except that when I put “23 Jan” the computer doesn’t agree. I’m starting to get drunk from this DPLF, and I’ll end up in PLS.

Time is running out, I email, they send me an auto reply saying I can go back to the FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions) but I can write to them again if I don’t find what I’m looking for. Eighty-one page help file. But not my answer, or else I don’t know how to look for what I have already been accused of. I send an email and I get…same answer. I even sent a third item away like this, just for fun. I feel like an obelix in the house of madness. Think, I think, I tell myself. I try something: I put a date on the 24th and then come back. In fact, I haven’t tried anything at all, not on purpose, but it works! I’m up to date. cheerful. Everything went well. go home.

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