Ligue 1 cancelled as French Prime Minister confirms no sport until August –

The domestic football season in France has been voided with PSG 14 points clear at the top of Ligue 1 (Picture: Getty)

The domestic football season in France has been cancelled with the Prime Minister confirming that no sport will take place, even behind closed doors, until August.

Germany are hopeful that the Bundesliga will be able to resume from May 9, while the Premier League is tentatively edging towards a return with the likes of Arsenal, Tottenham and West Ham having back in training this week, albeit with severe restrictions in place.

France, however, which has reported close to 24,000 deaths and confirmed 128,000 cases of COVID-19, will not follow suit. The domestic football season was suspended following the last round of matches on March 8, while PSG’s Champions League match against Borussia Dortmund three days later was played behind closed doors at Parc des Princes.

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Speaking at a press conference on Tuesday, Edouard Philippe said: ‘The 2019-2020 season of professional sports, including football, will not be able to resume.

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‘It will be possible, on sunny days, to practice an individual sporting activity outdoors, obviously respecting the rules of social distancing.



‘It will not be possible, neither to practice sport in covered places, nor team or contact sports.’

PSG, the reigning Ligue 1 champions, were 12 points clear at the top of the table but their fate will be decided imminently with French football bosses due to meet and decide upon issues affecting promotion, relegation and European qualification.

One of the highlights of the global sporting calendar, the Tour de France, had already been pushed back to September, while the French Open, usually the second grand slam event of the calendar year, has also been slated to take place in the same month.

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