France’s Ligue 1 and 2 CANCELLED
- French PM Edouard Philippe set to announce the next stage of the country’s lockdown
- PM is expected to announce that all football will not be able to resume until August
- Mental Health and Psychosocial considerations during the COVID-19 Pandemic
France’s Ligue 1 and 2 football campaign are set to be cancelled as the government demands that no football is played until August.
Last week, the French Professional Football League (LFP) announced they had begun plans of having the football games resumed on June 17 and played behind closed doors.
However, a report on French outlet Le Parisien said that it could be announced on Tuesday afternoon by PM Philippe that the return of games will not be authorised before August, even behind closed doors, as part of the next stage of their lockdown plans beyond May 11.
The report details that while the league and clubs want to resume training after May 11, the government does not see the resumption of professional sport as a priority.
The LFP are planning to meet in May to decide on how the tables for this season should be defined and which teams will be promoted and relegated.
They will also decide who will be given European places at the same meeting and if PSG will be crowned champions.
PSG, Marseille and Rennes occupy the Champions League spots in Ligue 1, while Lille would be set for a place in the Europa League.
Nimes, Amiens and Toulouse are in the relegation zone – with basement boys Toulouse a huge 17 points off safety.
The president of the French scientific council on coronavirus, Jean-Paul Delgraissy, was completely against the resumption of football in the near-future.
The answer for the moment is no, since all the places where there can be a significant public will not be open from May 11
Meanwhile in Europe, Bundesliga announced plans to return to action on May 9 behind closed doors while conversely, the Eredivisie was cancelled with all major public events in the country banned until September due to the global pandemic.