The President of the French Football Federation, Noel Le Gray, confirmed the suspension of all his activities and competitions “indefinitely”.
On his Twitter page, Le Gray said: “The president’s calls lead the French Football Association to assume its responsibilities to contribute unambiguously to stopping the health crisis affecting our country. Therefore, I would like to announce this evening the suspension of all activities and competitions run by the federation, its associations and provinces. , All over the country, “after French President Emmanuel Macron invited his countrymen to” unite “in the face of the” most serious health crisis “known to France in a century.
The first and second tournaments are not included in this decision, as they are organized under the supervision of the Professional Football Association.
The League announced that all first and second division matches would be held without an audience until the middle of next month.
“Thus, all amateur tournaments for women and men, of all age groups, different courses and groups, and football school training and activities will be suspended from tomorrow, Friday, 13 March, indefinitely, and will resume as soon as health conditions permit.”
The French Federation’s decision came the day after the League announced the postponement of the League Cup final match, which was scheduled from April 4 to May, in light of the precautionary measures to curb the spread of Corona.
[COMMUNIQUÉ] – La FFF suspend l’ensemble de ses compétitions. pic.twitter.com/AQKGwQ9B6L
– FFF (@FFF) March 12, 2020
The French Federation told France Press that this decision does not relate to the two preparatory matches for the French national team for the European Cup 2020, and the two decisions at the end of March against Ukraine and Finland (27 and 31) are behind closed doors in Saint-Denis.
He added that the emergency meeting of the European Football Association next week may ratify its abolition, at a time when the virus affects many clubs in Europe and force their players to quarantine.
He continued: “Concerning the final match of the French Cup competition between Paris Saint-Germain and Saint-Etienne scheduled at the Stade de France stadium on April 25, it is suspended and depends on the development of the health situation.”
France has become the second country to suspend its activities after Italy, whose government announced on Monday a decision to suspend the Serie A until April 3, among a series of other measures in an attempt to combat the spread of this epidemic.
The Italian government’s decision came after the Italian Olympic Committee recommended on Monday to suspend “all sports activities at all levels” until April 3, amid the increasing spread of Corona virus in the country and asked the government to issue a decree in this regard.