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French Football Federation President Noel Le Gret announced Thursday that all his activities and competitions have been suspended “indefinitely” due to fears of a new outbreak of Corona virus.
“The calls of the President of the Republic 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, And its associations and districts, all over the country, “referring to President Emmanuel Macron calling 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 these procedures, as they are organized under the supervision of the Professional Football Association.
“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 for the fourth of April to May, in light of the precautionary measures to curb the outbreak of the new Corona virus.
The French Federation told France Presse that this decision is not related to the 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 (on 27 and 31) behind closed doors in Saint-Denis.
He added that the emergency meeting of the European Union next week may endorse its cancellation, at a time when the virus affects many clubs in Europe and forcing their players to quarantine.
He continued, “Concerning the final match of the French Cup competition between Paris Saint-Germain and Saint-Etienne scheduled for the Stade de France stadium on April 25, it is suspended and its establishment 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 the 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.
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