France is slowly working its way back to normalcy after managing to gradually flatten the curve within its coronavirus cases throughout the country.
Last month, the French government announced its plans to loosen up the restrictions placed on large gatherings — including sporting events at stadiums — by limiting attendance to a max total of 5,000.
Paris Saint-Germain’s away friendly win against Le Havre was one of the country’s first notable events to hold up to 5,000 spectators. The fixture turned out to be a win not only for PSG with the result but also for the country as it continues to take gradual steps in the much-anticipated return to football there. Minister of Sports Roxana Maracineanu lauded the grand efforts in making the fixture a success (via RMC Sport).
“It is a pride and a victory for French football because we have respected all the planned stages of deconfinement,” Maracineanu said following PSG’s friendly against Le Havre.
However, there may be a real possibility that more spectators will be allowed into stadiums sooner rather than later. PSG has two cup finals scheduled later this month for the Stade de France, which is typically filled with supporters from both teams along with key figures from within the country. The current plans call for 5,000 spectators total to carry on for both fixtures, but Maracineanu is considering working on easing the current limit.
“We’ll see if the sports facilities can benefit from a relative gauge, a percentage of people present in relation to the reception area,” Maracineanu said. “Today, the 5,000 gauge takes precedence, but there is a review clause on 18 July. Together with the ministers concerned, we are going to take this matter to the Defence Council.”
PSG is currently set for its first cup final on July 24th against Saint-Etienne, where the club will look to bring home yet another Coupe de France trophy.
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