‘It’s Almost Done’ – French Football Federation President Comments on Whether the Coupe de France Will Take Place

The Coupe de France runs the risk of being suspended. In October, the French Football Federation put into practice its functions. It announced the suspension of all amateur leagues until December 1, but due to the increase in France’s infections, this measure has been postponed, at least, until January 20. This is because all Coupe de France rounds have been suspended and that the demanding calendar invites pessimism.

On the France 3 Bretagne plateau, Noël Le Graet, president of the FFF, did not hesitate to affirm that the tournament’s cancellation is already being considered within the Executive Committee. Furthermore, Le Graet added that the 104th edition of the competition could be canceled by the demanding calendar and the deconfinement measures that correspond to the current global health emergency. 

The 78-year-old went on to say that he expected the season to go a bit faster than it’s currently going. Still, at this pace, they wouldn’t complete a Coupe de France tournament until July, which they can’t do considering UEFA Euro 2020 and the 2021 Copa America will take place this summer.

“I thought we could have played a little faster. If I listen carefully to what was said last night, we won’t be able to resume training before January 20 or 21, that kicks off in February. It’s almost done. I do not see how to compete in this competition in the dates except to play until the end of July,” Le Graët said. “The decision last night deserves an important meeting at the Federation next week to imagine a calendar that can hold up, both for pro football and for amateur football.”

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