There were hardly any more doubts or hopes.
It is now official.
This Thursday Christmas Le Graët confirmed, via a short message on the website of the French Football Federation, that the National 2 men's and Division 2 women's championships could not resume, as planned, in March and April respectively. .
“Since the start of this crisis, the FFF has always respected government recommendations and, at its level, fully participated in the fight against this epidemic, specifies the boss of French football in the press release.
Following the strengthening of the health measures announced by the government today, we therefore take note of the decision to re-stop the National 2 and D 2 Women's championships which had yet been authorized to resume two weeks ago.
This statement follows that of the Ministry of Sports which officially asked, this Thursday, to stop these two championships "as part of the new reinforced health security measures announced by the government to fight against the Covid-19 epidemic. ".
The FFF, after agreement from the government authorities, is happy to announce the resumption of National 2!
- FFF (@FFF) February 18, 2021
Stopped for many months due to the health crisis, these two competitions were authorized to resume during the FFF Executive Committee organized in mid-February, provided that a very strict protocol was followed.
In the end, that was not enough.
The Federation had estimated that a return to competitions on March 20 would allow the championships to be finished.
She will have to find new scenarios for the end of the seasons.
No recovery date is now envisaged before April.
"This recovery was reasoned and reasonable"
"All the male and female clubs involved in these championships had remarkably remobilized and adapted to finally resume play and competition in compliance with a strict health protocol," continues Le Graët, candidate for his own succession to the election of the presidency of the Federation which will take place on March 13.
This recovery was reasoned and reasonable.
It was the result of constructive work with the Ministry of Sports and opened up a positive perspective for the gradual resumption of competitions.
But we must admit that the government is doing everything to stop this epidemic and health remains the priority.
This decision is not a good signal for all the other amateur championships which are still at a standstill and leave thousands of practitioners at forced rest.
They also risk requesting reimbursement of their licenses from their clubs.