2019/2020 season French Ligue 1 abandoned amid COVID-19 pandemic

Среда, 29 Апр, 2020

Elsewhere Lyon are ahead of Paris Saint-Germain by 3 points in Division 1 Féminine.

The Ligue 1 season will not restart due to the coronavirus pandemic after an announcement by French Prime Minister Edouard Philippe confirmed on Tuesday that no sporting events will take place in the country till September.

"The 2019-2020 season of professional sports, especially that of football, will not be able to resume", he said.

Ligue 1 had outlined its intention to resume matches in June, with players being recalled to training as of May 11.

Other leagues watch on with interest, while some observers suggest that it makes more sense to complete this season no matter when football returns.

The Executive Committee of the FFF had already chose to put an end to all amateur football in France, as well as the national championships of National 3 and National 2.

"It's highly likely that we stop it now", the president said, speaking on condition of anonymity. Nimes, Amiens and Toulouse are the teams in the relegation zone.

PSG are now at the top of the table and have 12 point lead over second-placed Marseille with Rennes occupying the last automatic UCL qualification spot.

'We plan on competing in the Champions League with UEFA agreement - wherever and whenever it is held.

"If it is not possible to play in France we will play our matches overseas subject to the best conditions for our players and the safety of all our staff".

French football's governing body had hoped to resume the season on 17 June and finish the campaign on 25 July.

"Basically that means we will of course operate behind closed doors, which we did in early March before the start of the quarantine period".

"But its a real headache (because) testing, social distancing, is even tougher in rugby".

In The Netherlands, the top football league - the Eredivisie - was cancelled last week, with no champions declared and no teams either relegated or promoted, prompting some clubs to explore taking legal action.

The Belgian Pro League is expected to follow suit.

But on that timetable, assuming it still ran for three weeks, the final week would then overlap with the UCI Road Cycling World Championships in Switzerland, meaning that either that event would need to be further postponed, or the Tour de France shortened to two weeks.

The French Open tennis tournament at Roland Garros in Paris was also rescheduled for September 20-October 4, with recent reports speculating it could be pushed back until September 27.