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Osimhen’s Lille for Europa as France cancels 2019-20 season

Vicoto Osimhen and Lille teammates for Europa next season

 

Nigeria international Victor Osimhen and his Lille teammates look good to play in the Europa league next season after France cancelled the current season on Tuesday.

The league management has been tinkering with various options including playing behind closed doors to effectively end the season.  But Prime minister Edouard Philippe announced Tuesday that football games even behind closed doors will not be allowed before September even as the battle against Covid-19 continues.

Last week, the French Professional Football League (LFP) announced plans for Ligue 1 and Ligue 2 to resume on June 17, with UEFA setting a deadline of August 2 for domestic leagues to be completed. But the Prime Minister’s announcement that football games will not be authorised before September even behind closed doors put paid to any other arrangement.

The government does not see the resumption of professional sport as a priority.

Newspaper L’Equipe reported that the season had been cancelled ahead of the planned announcement.

And Philippe confirmed it during his statement: ‘The big sporting affairs cannot occur before September. The 2019-20 football season cannot return.’

French Prime Minister Edouard Philippe announced no games until September on Tuesday

The LFP are planning to meet in May to decide on how the tables for this season should be defined and which teams will be promoted and relegated.

They will also decide who will be given European places at the same meeting and PSG, who are 12 points clear at the top, will be crowned champions.

PSG, Marseille and Rennes occupy the Champions League spots in Ligue 1, while Lille would be set for a place in the Europa League.

It was reported last week that the LFP are categorically against voiding the season and therefore those placings are likely to be used to decide European qualification.

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