- Ligue 1 has been cancelled as the Prime Minister Edouard Philippe has officially announced the end to the 2019/2020 season
- The French government is intent on banning sporting activities until September at the earliest
- September is possibly when football will resume and the French FA has decided to do away with the current league season altogether
French football has been dealt a major blow as the Ligue 1 and 2 were on Tuesday, April 28, cancelled amid a coronavirus pandemic.
It was gathered that the two top leagues in France were cancelled amid intentions by the French FA to begin the 2020/2021 season in September.
The move was prompted by the government’s decision to ban sporting activities until at least September as resuming anytime soon was seen as infeasible.
French Prime Minister Edouard Philippe announce the cancellation of the 2019/2020 league season on Tuesday, April 28.
Philippe has confirmed that there is no possibility of Ligue 1 resuming until September amid the ongoing fight against coronavirus, with France still in a state of lockdown.
“The big sporting affairs cannot occur before September,” he said in a national assembly on Tuesday. “The 2019/20 professional football season cannot return.”
The French FA had initially planned to resume football at last by June 17, but with the government not willing to authorize the return of any sport before September the move is unlikely.
Earlier, Legit.ng reported that the Argentine football association has resolved to end the 2019/20 campaign prematurely due to the global outbreak of coronavirus pandemic.
The drastic decision is expected to be officially ratified on Tuesday, April 28, with the federation's president, Claudio Tapia, divulging promotion of teams will continue.
The decision will definitely go down well with Argentina football legend Diego Maradona whose Gimnasia was in danger of being relegated.
The Maradona-tutored side sat in the bottom three in the division despite recording significant improvement since the arrival of the former star as coach back in September 2019.
Recall that the Dutch Eredivisie is officially the first high-profile league to scrap the 2019/2020 football season amid the coronavirus pandemic.
This development came after prime minister Mark Rutte decided to ban professional football in the country until September due to COVID-19.
What this also means that there will be no promotion or relegation from neither the topflight nor the lower division.
Meanwhile, table toppers Ajax will miss out on the chance to retain the title they won last campaign.
In the second tier, FC Cambuur were on course for promotion as they led the standings by an impressive 11 points.
This will be the first time in the league’s 64-year history that the season will end with no designated champions or losers.
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