The Minister of Sports evokes a return of supporters to the stadiums this summer in an interview with the newspaper L’Alsace.
Empty stadiums when Ligue 1 resumed in August? Maybe not … “I find that the prospects announced by the Prime Minister (Thursday) are encouraging, so we hope to have an audience, why not this summer. The gauge is always 5000 maximum, so we will not be able to exceed it, “says Roxana Maracineanu, in an interview with the newspaper Alsace. We are talking about an experiment in which the Sports Minister intends to involve the supporters. “And 5000 people in a stadium with 80,000 seats like the Stade de France, it’s obviously easier to manage”, she slips, not failing to specify that “this figure remains calibrated on the evolution of the epidemic”.
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In fact, the ex-swimmer is even more ambitious and announces to target the public not in August, but … from July: “My desire is to give us chances to have a popular sport, with supporters in stadiums, even in limited numbers, why not from the end of July if possible. When I see the matches behind closed doors now, I much prefer to involve at least the groups of supporters so that they can enjoy the sporting spectacle … “The Minister is probably thinking of the German Championship, the first to resume, behind closed doors .
“If Mr. Aulas has different scenarios to suggest, I invite him to make a film of it and to propose it in theaters”
Recall that the 2020-21 season of Ligue 1 must a priori start on August 23, with the Professional Football League which opened earlier this Friday the door to friendly matches in July. Regarding the 2019-20 fiscal year, there is no question of resuming, as the LFP indicated again on Thursday. And this despite the posturing of President Aulas, which Mrs. Maracineanu does not hesitate to scratch: “I gave him an answer to one of the many letters he sent me where I re-explained how the state worked , the Federation and the League, and relationships with each other. In this context, his words are very repeated … What do you want me to tell you? The cinemas will reopen soon. If Mr. Aulas has different scenarios to suggest, I invite him to make a film of it and to propose it in theaters since there will be an audience. “
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Note that the minister, like Edouard Philippe last Thursday, totally rejects the responsibility for stopping the 2019-20 season on football. “There are Federations, there are Leagues that are there to make decisions,” she said. My job is to secure these decisions, to keep no one flowing and to prepare for the future. ” However, Ms. Maracineanu admits that she was not prepared, at the height of the crisis, to consider sport as “something special”. Too bad, this is what France football needed …