‘For Me, the Decision Was Premature’ – UEFA President Critical of Cancelation of Ligue 1 Season

As the Bundesliga is resuming this weekend, France (along with the Netherlands) is one of two countries that decided to end their season prematurely with Paris Saint-Germain being crowned champions of Ligue 1.

With the French nation being one of the hardest hit by the coronavirus, it made sense as to why French Prime Minister Edouard Philippe announced that no sporting events would take place until September.

The news would leave the French Football Federation in a tough situation, so they decided to pull the plug on the 2019-20 season. However, UEFA President Aleksander Čeferin is critical of the federation for overreacting.

Since matches are now occurring in Germany and practices are beginning to resume in other leagues around Europe, the 52-year-old shared his thoughts over Ligue 1 canceling their season with beIN Sports (via VIPSG).

“For us, the important thing is that we know who the champion is, who is second, third and fourth,” Čeferin said. “My personal opinion is that you cancel a season very early. It is not ideal because things can improve a lot, and everyone can play except a few leagues.”

Furthermore, Čeferin added that although he doesn’t agree with the FFF’s decision, there’s nothing they could do with the government deciding not to have any sporting events.

“But again, if it’s the government’s decision, what can clubs do? Or the League? There is nothing they can do. For me, the decision was premature, but it doesn’t affect UEFA, so it’s their decision,” Čeferin said. “We have to respect it, and of course the clubs have to respect the government’s decision. We are not going to face the situation because it is up to different authorities in France to deal with it.”

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