After the Netherlands, France, which owns one of Europe’s top five Europe football tournaments, announced its early end of the season based on decisions from the Government. This is clearly not a good sign in the effort to bring the European leagues back to the middle of the Covid-19 epidemic.
Ligue 1 and 2 cancelation left a huge impact
France became the latest country to announce that the 2019-2020 season has ended after the other announced Europe football tournaments, with confirmation from their Prime Minister on Tuesday that no sporting events are allowed until at least September. Meanwhile, Belgium and the Netherlands respectively made the same decision.
These moves took place, amid the European Football Federation (UEFA) showing signs of “cooling off” in their demands, including accepting “some championships were terminated early for good reason.”
This is acknowledged by a letter from UEFA President Aleksander Ceferin who has just sent 55 member associations, which also requires a deadline on May 25 to send specific plans on how to end the season, including modifications temporarily if available. In case of cancellation, the names of the European cup winners must be proposed for UEFA to evaluate.
Of course, the French government’s decision to suspend Ligue 1 is shaking the efforts of many other major tournaments and is accompanied by a stream of opinions.
Like La Liga, the tournament that has just received positive information from the Spanish Prime Minister, Pedro Sanchez allowed football to return to training on 4-5 days, and their President Javier Tebas asked questions. on the French decision: “I don’t understand why it would be more dangerous to play football behind a closed door, following strict precautions.” If important economic sectors cannot restart, in a safe and controlled way, they may eventually disappear. That can also happen with professional football. But in many other countries, teams have been trained again, and that’s an example to follow. ”
Meanwhile, the head of the medical organization of the World Football Federation (FIFA), Mr. Michel D’Hooghe also spoke as soon as the tournaments in France were canceled: “I think the remaining prizes should follow the tournament in the same way. France is canceling the season because it is impossible to play again before August or September this year. This is not a matter of money, but human life. “
German Bundesliga teams are the first to return to training, while the English Premier League has also seen London clubs like Arsenal, Tottenham and West Ham reopen the training ground.
Football Tournaments are still suffering
Similarly, Europe football tournaments: the Bundesliga (Germany), Serie A (Italy), and La Liga (Spain) have also gradually promoted to resume playing in May or mid-June before the pressure of the European Football Federation ( UEFA) need to complete the season.
While Italy, the first tournament to decide to postpone because of the Covid-19 epidemic on March 9, though not yet given the green light by the Government, the clubs of their highest league Serie A recently voted. Agree to complete this season.
However, there is also a move worth considering, especially when it comes from the highest governing body of world football. Accordingly, FIFA Health Committee Chairman Michel D’Hooghe recently replied on Sky Sports describing it as “the most dramatic situation we have lived since after World War II”.
And when asked if Europe football tournaments should not be returned before September, D’Hooghe emphasized: “It is also my personal opinion! The world is not ready to see football compete again. I really hope this can change very quickly, but not today. You need to be more patient. “
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