wrestles with French football enigma coronavirus


The coronavirus pandemic is creating a headache for French football and, for now, officials have no idea what the answer might be.

The idea of ​​simply declare the season on gaining ground in some areas, but others remain strongly opposed to the suggestion.

the top flight and second division have been suspended for three weeks, each with 10 rounds to play, and many of the leading voices are no longer insisting that it should end “regardless the cost. “

” There is now more uncertainty, “Lyon president Jean-Michel Aulas, an early advocate of the end of the league and founding the European qualification on the final classificationLast season would place his team ranked seventh in the Champions League, told The Sunday Team.

He said the chances of “finishing all matches [are] lower. “

His counterpart in Brest, Denis Sant told the same newspaper” the season could not start. ”

Amiens President Bernard Joannin, whose side are 19th in the table, agrees.

“Denis St. has a very human position that puts the health of all the foregoing else. There is a view that is shared by many people in the football world, “Joannin told AFP.

“You must understand that the only commander Covid-19. Unfortunately, it sets the agenda. “

Others were outraged.

“We hope that the league will end if possible. It bothers me really see in some people a kind of shame that football wants to come back to life at some point, “Peter Wantiez, généraldirecteur Ligue 2 Le Havre, told AFP.

“I will not hide behind a veil of secrecy and say,” It’s over, we can not do anything. “Let’s wait before saying that the season is dead”.

“It is urgent to wait

The situation is confusing leaders in the game.

lockdown in France has been extended until at least April 15,

most clubs have staff, including players on contracts tempart ps and some foreign stars of the league, including Brazil Neymar, have returned home.

The broadcasters Canal + and Bein Sports suspended the payment of television rights, the main source of income for clubs.

In this context, the French League increases the frequency of conference calls, but delaying its decisions.

“Now, who can say what will happen? We prepare for everything. For now, I think it is urgent to wait, “Olivier Delcourt, president of Ligue 1 Dijon who are three points above spot playoff relegaton, told AFP.

Joannin Amiens said he would like the league to follow the example of the government.

“It is not necessarye talking and saying nothing, “said Joannin.

” Let take time … We must give us a couple of weeks to see how things go. “

the issue of television rights will be addressed this week by a quartet of presidents, led by Paris Saint-Germain leader Nasser al-Khelaifi, who is also head of media beIN and several sources confirmed talks Canal + are provided.

timing depends on the decision of the french government at the time to end solitary confinement and to a lesser extent, those of the governing bodies of world and European football, FIFA and UEFA.

FIFA needs to change the way the summer transfer market works, because players whose contracts end of this season will become free agents in June.

UEFA itself has been open to postpone the Champions League until the end of July or August to enable the national leagues to end, but also threatened to ban clubs leagues that do not end.

Some officials argue a “deadline” for the resumption of the league must be quickly resolved.

“A resumption of the season until the end of the world should not push the problem on the next championship,” warns Wantiez.