According to the French PM, Professional sports leagues including football and rugby will be off until September because of Coronavirus restrictions.
This huge announcement comes from the government as they plan to gradually end the lockdown in France from May 11. The move makes the completion of the 2019-2020 Ligue 1 and Ligue 2 football seasons and Top 14 rugby union campaign appear increasingly unlikely.
After the announcement, France’s sports ministry confirmed that sports fixtures could not take place even behind closed doors before the end of July, leaving open the possibility that some matches could still be played in August.
Tour de France where large crowds are expected at the start and finish lines was supposed to take place in Nice on 29th August, but it seems highly unlikely.
French PM told a televised address to French parliament at the National Assembly that:
The 2019-2020 professional sports leagues, notably football, cannot yet restart. I would like to be precise here, no large sports gathering or any gathering of 5,000 people or more, needing the permission of the local police and long prior arrangements, will be allowed before September.
France is currently under a nationwide lockdown until 11th May, due to the Coronavirus pandemic which has taken the lives of more than 22,000 people in France.