2019/20 Ligue 1 season all but over

April 28, 2020
2019/20 Ligue 1 season all but over

The 2019/20 Ligue 1 and Ligue 2 season is effectively over after French prime minister Edouard Philippe announced that no sporting events would take place until September at the earliest. 

There has been no Ligue 1 action since March 8th and no Ligue 2 football since March 9th, with all football, suspended due to the ongoing global Coronavirus pandemic. 

There had been hopes that teams would return to training in May with a view to restarting the 2019/20 campaign in June in order to play out the final 10 game weeks of the season. 

The decision to cancel the remainder of the domestic season in France throws a spanner in the works of the Champions League, with PSG progressing to the quarter-finals of the competition at the expense of Borussia Dortmund last month. 
France follows in the footsteps of the Netherlands, who canceled the remainder of the Eredivisie campaign last week.

However, Philippe’s announcement effectively ends the season with a view to returning to training later this year with a view to kicking off 2020/21 without a hitch. 

While unveiling France’s lockdown exit strategy, Philippe said, via ESPN: “Big sporting events will not be able to take place before September. 

“The 2019/20 season, notably for football, will not be able to resume.”