The League was hoping to return to the resumption of the matches as of June 17, in order to end the season on July 25, but its plans were dealt a heavy blow, when French Prime Minister Eduard Philippe announced that football matches should not be allowed even without an audience.
Subsequently, the association found itself in front of the “worst scenario”, according to what more than one club president announced, because that means the final cessation of the league and it is now necessary to plan to return to the activity in the coming August, probably to start a new season, as indicated by the Minister of Sports to “AFP”.
The French League will hold an initial meeting on Thursday to discuss developments after the government decision, before another board meeting is held to formally decide the fate of the league.
The association must decide whether to end the current season during the summer, as some suggest, and start a new season starting in January 2021, or start the 2020-2021 season as scheduled for the seventh of next August.
“If we have to resume activity in August, it is quite likely that the league will stop now, otherwise we will kill next season,” one of the first-class clubs told France Press, without revealing his name.
The President of the Federation decides the fate of the league
Another club president said: “Frankly, I don’t know how we can finish this season. We should not dream.”
The President of the French Federation Noel Le Great was very clear when he decided for the website of the newspaper “Telegram” the final “stop” for the current season in the first, second and third grades, in addition to the first-degree women’s league pending the final decision of the League, and said in this regard: “First-class patrols” And second and third for men and first-class women by virtue of discontinued. ”
However, Lyon president Jean-Michel Olas had a different opinion by saying that he had not lost hope that a solution could be found to end the current season.
“We have to do everything to find an alternative solution,” he said, allowing the 2019-2020 season to end, noting that he “does not see a final reading” of the French government’s decisions.
The start of a new season would allow the activation of transportation rights with the company “Media Pro”, but that would cast doubt on the Champions League competition because the Continental Federation (UEFA) intends to complete its season during the month of August specifically, according to a report obtained by a copy of it, “Agence France Presse” .
But the issue of adopting the criteria in the event of the end of the season would create an atmosphere of tension between the various heads of clubs, who have entered into verbal records since the league stopped in mid-March about the most appropriate scenario to be adopted.
The continental union considered that qualification for the next season’s edition of the UEFA Champions League should be “on the basis of sporting merit,” in the event that local leagues cannot be completed in light of the continued outbreak of the Corona virus.
“If the local championship is ended prematurely for legitimate reasons,” UEFA “said in a statement,” UEFA will ask (from the leagues) to choose clubs for the European Union competitions for the 2020-2021 season on the basis of sporting merit “, based on the results of the current season.
What is certain is clear until now that the first three places are occupied by Paris Saint-Germain, Marseille and Rennes respectively, but the centers from 4 to 6 that qualify their owners to participate in the European League (Europe League) may return to the clubs of Lille, Lyon and Montpellier in the event that the league stops in The end of stage 27, stage 28, which has not been completed, or to Lille, Rennes and Nice if the points ratios for each team are approved according to the matches.
All these issues will be addressed by the French Association League general assembly, whose meetings are scheduled to take place in the middle of next May, before it raises its decisions to the European Union, which opened the way for the national federations until May 25 to develop a final vision for the local leagues.