Noël Le Graët, the president of the French Football Federation, sent a four-page letter to Prime Minister Edouard Philippe the day before his speech on Thursday, during which the head of government maintained the judgment of Ligue 1.
In the letter, consulted by RMC Sport, Le Graët mentioned his wish "for a gradual return to normal training (at the latest in early July)", during phase 2 of the deconfinement. It was understood since the resumption of training under strict conditions was authorized from June 2 and the reopening of the stadiums on June 22.
The president of the FFF also insists on the programming of the finals of the French Cups (PSG-Saint-Etienne) and the League (PSG-Lyon) "in early August". "This is a major challenge for French football, both in terms of resources and in terms of schedule (possibilities of access to European competitions)", he explains, before expressing his desire to schedule four French team matches at the Stade de France in November.
A support fund for amateur clubs
On an institutional level, Le Graët is pinning the professional football league and its governance which has shown its limits, according to him. “It seems essential to simplify the organization, he asserts. The announced merger of the two club unions (Premier League and UCPF) is necessary. The reform in the making of the format of decision-making bodies must bring serenity. "
The president of the FFF, on the other hand, welcomes on several occasions the action of the State in this crisis through the loan guaranteed by the State (PGE) or short-time working but calls on the government to continue its mission of support for emerging from the crisis. He also announces the imminent establishment of a support fund for amateur clubs.