According to the officials, the Ligue 1 and Ligue 2 seasons will not resume this year after the France government announced to ban all sporting events, including all types of indoor games, until September. Edouard Philippe, the Prime Minister, said that the sporting season of 2019-2020 over as he announced strategies to relax coronavirus lock down of France on 11th May. The governing body of French football expected to restart the season on 17th June and end the campaign on 25th July.
The Ligue 1 and Ligue 2 seasons will not resume after France banned all sporting events, including behind closed doors, until September.
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On 13th March, the officials of France suspended the football until further notice. It is uncertain whether Ligue de Football Professional will make a selection to abandon the football season without demotion or promotion and no champions or base the consequence of the campaign on present standing. Paris St-Germain, the defending champions, are twelve points clear of Marseille leading Ligue 1, with ten rounds of football matches and one unsettled fixture left to play.
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Toulouse stands at the bottom of the table, seventeen points from safety, and ten points behind Amiens. Nimes stands at the eighteenth position and in the downgrading playoff spot, three points below St Etienne in the seventeenth.
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Naseer Al-Khelaifi, the chairman of PSG, said after the announcement that they respect the decision of the French government. They have plans on opposing the Champions League with Uefa contract whenever and wherever it held. He adds, if it is impossible to play in France, they will play their matches overseas subject to the best circumstances for their players as well as the safety of the whole staff. The major 5 sides in Ligue 2 separated by only four points, with Lens and Lorient at present occupying the automatic spots of promotion.
PSG chairman Nasser Al-Khelaifi:
“We respect of course the French Government decision – 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 abroad” … if it’s safe
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Though, Philippe said that the 2019-2020 professional sports season, as well as football, will not be able to restart. Only on Sundays, it will be possible to practice an individual sporting activity outside, apparently respecting the social distancing guidelines. Meanwhile, it will be impossible to practice sport indoor and also not possible to contact or team sports. Until 25th May, European leagues will have to tell governing body Uefa of European football whether they want to postponed or complete their seasons.
The president of Spain’s La Liga, Javier Tebas, said that he didn’t realize why there would more risk of playing football indoor with all the cautionary measures than playing outdoor with a lot of danger. If key economic sectors can’t resume safely and soundly, they may end up disappearing. And that could happen to the football game, at a professional level.