LFP President Nathalie Boy de la Tour
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LFP: 'The top priority is to finish the season'

Publish on 18/03/2020 at 11h00

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In a schedule severely disrupted by the coronavirus, the goal announced by the LFP Board of Directors is to finish the season in Ligue 1 Conforama and Domino's Ligue 2.

"We've made it a major principle to do everything we can to finish on 30 June. The goal is 30, but if we have to finish later, we'll adapt, with the clubs and the players. We'll play as much as we can," said LFP executive director Didier Quillot.

"We are delighted at the sacred union of European football," said LFP president Nathalie Boy de la Tour. "The Administrative Council meeting on Tuesday recalled that the top priority was to complete the Ligue 1 Conforama and Domino's Ligue 2 campaigns, in view of the sporting and economic stakes involved. This is vital for the future of the clubs and French football."

However, the question of the end of the season comes up against several unknowns: firstly concerning a resumption date, which is closely linked to associated health risks, and then on the calendar, as 23 dates will have to be found in a short period of time.

Boy de la Tour: 'We have to adapt'

"There was absolute unanimity among the clubs, the European Leagues and Fifpro in approving UEFA's decision and its guidelines," explained Didier Quillot, who was present at the meeting of the European body that looked at leagues, cup finals and continental competitions. "We will be able to move away from the framework that says the leagues play at the weekend and UEFA plays during the week. It was agreed this morning that everyone could play whenever they wanted to finish their competitions."

In the meantime, there will be no Ligue 1 Conforama before 15 April given Tuesday's implementation of general France-wide containment measures, the LFP warns.

"If the containment period lasts 15 days, and we add two weeks of training before that, we could resume around 15 April. We can anticipate everything, but above all we have to adapt and remain pragmatic," concluded Boy de la Tour.

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