The Ligue 1 season will not restart due to the coronavirus pandemic after an announcement by French Prime Minister Edouard Philippe confirmed on Tuesday that no sporting events will take place in the country till September.
“The 2019-2020 season of professional sports, especially that of football, will not be able to resume,” said Philippe while announcing France’s plans to exit confinement.
“To give event organisers visibility, I want to make it clear that major sporting and cultural events, in particular festivals, major trade fairs, all events that bring together more than 5,000 participants and are therefore the subject of a declaration at the police headquarters and must be organised well in advance, cannot be held before September.”
It is not yet known whether Ligue de Football Professional (LFP) will choose to abandon the season with no promotion or relegation and no champions. Both Ligue 1 and Ligue 2 have 10 games remaining in their seasons.
The LFP is expected to meet in mid-May to decide on the league standings which has Paris Saint-Germain leading Marseille by 12 points. The third-placed club goes into the qualifying rounds of UEFA Champions League, with Rennes one point ahead of fourth-place Lille.
2019/20 LIGUE 1 POINTS TABLE
The last-placed Toulouse and 19th-placed Amiens are in the automatic relegation slots, with Nimes in 18th place, which normally leads to a relegation-promotion playoff with the team third in Ligue 2, which is Ajaccio.
The latest development also adds pressure on UEFA, with respect to Champions League, as Paris Saint-Germain are already through to the quarterfinals and Lyon have a 1-0 lead over Juventus in the round-of-16 tie.
2019/20 LIGUE 1 STATS LEADERS
MOST GOALS: Kylian Mbappe (Paris Saint-Germain) — 18
MOST ASSISTS: Angel di Maria (Paris Saint-Germain) — 14
MOST CHANCES CREATED: Dimitri Payet (Olympique Marseille) — 87
MOST TAKE-ONS: Neymar (Paris Saint-Germain) — 90
MOST CLEAN SHEETS: Predrag Rajkovic (Stade Reims) — 12
MOST TACKLES: Eduardo Camavinga (Stade Rennais) — 105
Earlier a week ago, the Eredivisie was caught in a similar situation as the government announced a ban on major public events for the next three months, which saw league leaders Ajax Amsterdam denied from the title for the first time since 1945.
Meanwhile, UEFA has given European leagues a May 25 deadline to inform them of their plans to restart their domestic competitions. Bundesliga, Serie A, and Premier League have all said they want to finish their seasons.