It’s been over a month since the last Ligue 1 match has been played due to the coronavirus pandemic and according to one official, the 2019-20 campaign might be a wrap entirely.
Despite reports that the season could resume on June 17, Sylvain Kastendeuch, the co-president of the National Union of Professional Footballers (UNFP), believes that might be an ambitious start date.
“Since the President’s announcement, we have been thinking about several scenarios,” Kastendeuch told Le Parisien. “We weigh the pros and cons. This still deserves consultations on whether or not to continue the championship. There is also a big internal reflection in the union, our opinions are divided.”
When the French publication asked Kastendeuch if there is a possibility that the UNFP recommends the season not resume, he didn’t mince words.
“There is a real possibility.”
There are so many moving parts to resuming the season that it’s understandable the union would recommend canceling it.
You have players who will be out of contract on June 30 and then in order to fit the season in, there would be games every three days. With such a long layoff, that would undoubtedly lead to injuries. Then there’s the lack of a break before the start of the next season.
If the Ligue 1 season is canceled, it makes you wonder what will happen to their chances of qualifying for next season’s UEFA Champions League. There’s been some reporting that indicates that leagues who shut down early will not be able to send teams to UEFA competitions.
In the United States, there are real concerns over whether or not fans will be allowed inside stadiums for the start of the National Football League season. To think that the top leagues in Europe could go back to normal in a month is wishful thinking at best.
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