The president of the republic, Emmanuel Macron, hopes that other countries will follow in France's footsteps and definitively interrupt their championship this season. But UEFA does not hear it that way …
Emmanuel Macron hopes that France, by stopping, has shown the way.
France is whistling at the end, Europe now fears a domino effect. This Wednesday morning, the Italian daily La Repubblica was worried about a contagious effect following the decision of the French government to definitively interrupt the season of Ligue 1. And the transalpine newspaper may have been right!
Indeed, the President of the Republic, Emmanuel Macron, has had the idea from the start that the 5 major European championships (Bundesliga, Liga, Ligue 1, Premier League, Serie A) follow the path initiated by France and permanently interrupt the current season, reveals the newspaper Le Parisien.
Serie A like Ligue 1?
This possibility is largely desirable for the French clubs which would thus find themselves less disadvantaged compared to their neighbors, whether financially in view of the transfer window or sportingly when the European competition returns, scheduled for August. In this context, the Minister of Sports, Roxana Maracineanu, started bilateral talks with her European counterparts in an attempt to standardize positions on this subject.
Seriously affected by the coronavirus pandemic, Italy could be the first to follow. The decisions being taken by other countries, like France yesterday, could push Italy to follow this line too, which would then become a European line, thus supported the Minister of Sports, Vincenzo Spadafora. I think the next Lega Serie A meeting could hold a surprise. The majority of clubs could ask us to suspend this season and prepare for the next championship as best as possible.
UEFA steps up
In England and in Spain, the two most mediatized championships of the world, there exists on the other hand a wide standard between on the one hand the economic stakes linked to a recovery and on the other hand the sanitary situation, so that the balance seems to be able to tip on both sides. For its part, Germany is approaching day by day a possible recovery. The sports ministers of the 16 Lnder and the Minister of Labor thus supported the Bundesliga's plan to resume in May. Chancellor Angela Merkel could decide this subject on Thursday after a meeting in videoconference with officials of regional states.
One thing is certain: on the UEFA side, we especially do not want to hear about this domino effect, as evidenced by a press release published on Wednesday by the medical committee of the body to encourage the European championships to go to completion . By fully respecting local legislation, it is certainly possible to anticipate a restart of the competitions suspended during the 2019-2020 season , said German professor Tim Meyer, chairman of the committee. UEFA member associations have until 25 May to make their choice …
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