‘Once Again We Will Be Idiots’ – Former Manager Critical of the French Government for Cancellation of Ligue 1

The Bundesliga in Germany was able to resume last weekend; meanwhile, Spain’s Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez gave La Liga the greenlight for a June 8 return.

Italy, which is one of the hardest-hit countries in the world when it came to the coronavirus, is closing in on a June return. The Italian minister for sport Vincenzo Spadafora is looking at June 13 or 20 for Serie A to resume.

With leagues working towards a return, many people are critical of the French government, including Prime Minister Édouard Philipp, who announced that there would be no sporting events until September a couple of weeks ago.

As a result, it put the French Football Federation (FFF) in a tough position, which led to the cancellation of the 2019-20 Ligue 1 season.

Former Stade Rennais FC manager Rolland Courbis took the microphone to speak with RMC Sport (via ParisFans) to criticized how the government in France handled the situation for the lack of dialogue with the FFF.

“The Prime Minister could not have made his decision on April 28 without having dialogued with representatives of our football. Inevitably with Noël Le Graët (FFF president),” Courbis said. “On April 28 it was necessary to decide not to decide anything. It was not rocket science. It’s impatience. I still don’t understand it. Intellectually I must be below average.”

Courbis continued to add how the French government should’ve taken more time before making their decision.

“Today, we should be waiting to know if we resume. There will be a music festival on June 21, and you will not have football. As with the rest, we should have waited until May 28 to decide,” Courbis said. “And then I still have the impression that for twenty days, the figures every day allow us to be optimistic. Imagine that this virus in 8-10 days has disappeared, once again we will be idiots.”

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