In a sentence, at the end of an hour of speech, Edouard Philippe has ruined the hopes of supporters of a return to competitions in France, especially in Ligue 1. “The 2019-2020 season of professional sports, especially that of football , will not be able to resume, "the Prime Minister explained to deputies on Tuesday.
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He adds: "The big sporting events, all the events which gather more than 5000 participants, cannot be held before the month of September". Relative good news for Sunday athletes: individual outdoor activities can resume as of May 11. On the other hand, no collective or so-called contact practice is tolerated for amateurs.
Le Graët whistles the end
Even if Edouard Philippe spoke about September, you have to understand in fact August, which on the form is an error but on the bottom amounts to the same thing. In August, even spilling over into September, French football will not have time to complete its Ligue 1 and Ligue 2 championships, women's D 1, its two National Cups, its uphill and downhill barrages between the different divisions. This is the wish of Jean-Michel Aulas, the boss of Lyon, and Gérard Lopez, of Lille, but they are in the minority.
In forceps, the players of the round ball had finally agreed on a resumption of the championships from June 15 to July 25. This calendar of the Professional Football League (LFP) is now obsolete.
As indicated in Le Télégramme this Tuesday Noël Le Graët, the president of the French Federation, it is indeed over. "We informed comex, what he already knew, that the L1 and L2 would not start, that the National would not start either nor the female D 1. These four competitions are definitively stopped for the 2019-2020 season. "
Secure next season
The shortfall in the current season is less important than the revenue that awaits Ligue 1 from next season with the new TV rights contract from operator Mediapro. Basically, on the one hand, they lose around 250 million euros while on the other, 1.2 billion awaits them with the next broadcasters.
The calculation is quickly made and Ligue 1 could resume in camera from August 7, the date initially chosen before the pandemic, ie August 23, the restart hoped for during the health crisis. Without revenue from March to July and despite the exemptions from social security and employer contributions granted by the state, football has only one way to save its ecosystem: resume as soon as possible in August with the new windfall expected. Le Graët wants to resume with the Coupe de France in August and behind closed doors.
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On the other hand, PSG, which ardently believes in its chances of a final victory, will be able to contest the Champions League, currently scheduled for August by UEFA. The body will communicate at the end of May to say if it maintains its schedule with European competitions scheduled to date from August 4 to 29.
The war of classification
In the obligation to complete its season to relaunch the next in the best possible conditions, French football must now agree on a classification. The LFP maintains an office on April 30 to mark the end of this season before calling a general meeting to decide the final ranking.
What will give place to titanic confrontations within a family which tears and is hated cordially. But Le Graët has already entrusted the roadmap: "I am for the application of the regulations. In summary: Paris is champion, Marseille and Rennes qualified for the Champions League, Lille for the Europa League. Amiens and Toulouse go down to Ligue 2, Lorient and Lens go up to Ligue 1. Le Mans and Orléans leave the L2 where Pau and Dunkirk arrive.
For its amateur championships, the FFF has decided to rely on the quotient method, the number of matches played divided by the points taken. With this formula, Lyon is no longer European, unless it wins the League Cup final if it can take place one day. To date, no one can know when football will resume, even behind closed doors.