France's Ligue 1 will scrap its current season and not return before September, says French PM

# 18:47
28 April 2020

The 2019-20 Ligue 1 football season in France is to be cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic, APA reports citing Euronews.

On Tuesday, Prime Minister Edouard Philippe announced that major sports fixtures will not be permitted before September.

"All the big sporting and cultural events ... that attract more than 5,000 participants won't be able to return before September," said Philippe, speaking in Parliament.

"The 2019/20 season of professional sport, notably football, won't be able to return either."

No official announcement has been issued by Ligue 1 or the Professional Football League (LFP).

UEFA has previously set a deadline of August 2 for domestic competitions in Europe to be completed.

The LFP had raised June 17 as a potential start date, while the French Football Federation (FFF) had hoped to announce dates for both men's and women's cup finals in the near future.

The Executive Committee of the FFF had already decided to put an end to all amateur football in France, as well as the national championships of National 3 and National 2.