The Ligue de Football Professionnel (LFP) have announced their plans to resume the 2019-20 Ligue 1 and Ligue 2 seasons on June 17, while awaiting a final decision on whether or not fixtures will be played out behind closed doors.
French football’s top two divisions were shut down indefinitely on March 13 amid the coronavirus crisis, which has caused major disruptions to the sporting calendar across the globe.
Lockdown measures have been introduced by the government to contain the spread of Covid-19 in France, with the public forced to self-isolate and practice social distancing at all times.
National publication L’Equipe published a report last week claiming authorities were aiming to complete the current season by July 25, with all teams scheduled to play once every three days starting from either June 3 or June 17.
The proposal received criticism from the co-president of the National Union of Professional Footballers Sylvain Kastendeuch, who warned of the increased risk of injuries players could face if they are unable to recover properly between matches.
However, the LFP have now confirmed their intentions in an official statement , which reads: “The bureau of the board of directors unanimously voted on April 10 for] the resumption of the Ligue 1 and Ligue 2 championships to finish by July 25, and a commencement on August 22 and 23, 2020 of the 2020/2021 season. This provides for a restart of the