French soccer body awaits decision on playing behind closed doors.
- Posted: April 21 2020
- By: Sam Carp
French soccer’s Professional Football League (LFP) has outlined plans for Ligue 1 and Ligue 2 to resume on 17th June with an aim of completing the 2019/20 season by 25th July.
French soccer’s top two leagues were suspended indefinitely on 13th March due to the coronavirus pandemic, which has caused an almost universal shutdown of sport around the world.
The LFP’s board of directors unanimously approved the return date on 10th April and are now awaiting a final decision on whether or not the outstanding fixtures will have to be played behind closed doors.
France is currently on a nationwide lockdown until at least 11th May and the LFP said it will act in accordance with the deconfinement procedures set to be announced by the French government at the end of the month.
Should the LFP meet its target date for finishing the season, the governing body says it hopes to begin the 2020/21 campaign on 22nd and 23rd August.
Daily newspaper L’Equipe reported last week that Ligue 1 would resume play on either 3rd or 17th June, but the LFP said it had moved to ‘clarify’ the facts amidst growing speculation.
The LFP added that it is also awaiting European soccer governing body Uefa’s recommendations and the revised calendar for the Champions League, European club soccer’s premier competition.
In addition, the LFP said it