French government closes door to revival of professional sport

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Published on : 05/28/2020 – 22:01Modified : 05/28/2020 – 22:01

During his presentation of the second phase of deconfinement, Prime Minister Édouard Philippe reaffirmed the government’s wish to oppose the resumption of professional sports championships in France. A position that contrasts with that of neighboring countries.

“I don’t think the time has come”: Prime Minister Édouard Philippe closed the door on Thursday, May 28, after the resumption of professional sports championships in France, interrupted by the coronavirus, while elsewhere in Europe, authorities are preparing to restart football.

“I do not think the time has come (to resume the season), I hope it will come soon, and that the start of next season can be effected under normal conditions,” said the head of government. , by presenting the second stage of the deconfinement plan.

“It is not for me to comment on decisions of leagues and federations. The championships, for two and a half months, were interrupted for excellent reasons,” he also said.

England, Italy and Spain in the wake of Germany

The decision to stop the competition, which he himself defended before the deputies on April 28, is notably contested by the Lyon football club. Its president, Jean-Michel Aulas, is campaigning to restart Ligue 1, as did Germany with its championship.

England, Italy and Spain will also follow the example of the Bundesliga in June. Édouard Philippe also mentioned the possibility of resuming training on June 2 for professionals, within the framework of a “strict” medical protocol. An announcement that confirms the plans of the L1 clubs, which hope to return to the fields in June and start the 2020-21 season in August.

With AFP

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