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FRANCE CANCELS ALL SPORTING ACTIVITIES TILL SEPTEMBER DUE TO COVID19

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The 2019-20 French football season is effectively over after French Prime Minister Edouard Philippe announced that no sporting events will take place until at least September.

Speaking while unveiling France’s plans to exit confinement, Philippe confirmed that all sport must remain prohibited in the coming months.

“Big sporting events will not be able to take place before September,” Philippe said. “The 2019-20 season, notably for football, will not be able to resume.”

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The decision ends Ligue 1 and Ligue 2’s hopes of returning to training in May for a mid-June restart and puts further pressure on UEFA regarding the Champions League, with Paris Saint-Germain in the quarterfinals and Lyon leading Juventus in their round-of-16 tie. UEFA had planned to play the Champions League to a finish in August but this is becoming increasingly doubtful.

The Professional Football League (LFP) and French Football Federation (FFF) will now have to decide how to deal with the question of promotion, relegation and European qualification concerning the top three tiers of French football, as well as the potential restart of football in September.

PSG, 12 points clear at the top of the table with a game in hand, also face an anxious wait to discover if they will be crowned champions.

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