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Soccer-Top flight French domestic club soccer suspended until further notice

Reuters | Updated: 13-03-2020 17:12 IST | Created: 13-03-2020 16:25 IST
Soccer-Top flight French domestic club soccer suspended until further notice
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Top-flight French football has been suspended until further notice due to the coronavirus health crisis, the league's organizers said on Friday.

Both Ligue 1 and Ligue 2 games have been immediately halted as the French league became the latest major footballing competition to call off games due to the outbreak of the virus. Friday's decision was made at a meeting of the Professional Football League (LFP) following widespread shutdowns ordered across France.

In a statement, the LFP said the decision was taken unanimously after suggestions earlier this week that the French league could continue without any spectators. "We must place the collective interest above everything," the LFP added.

France's player's union (UNFP) had earlier called for the league games to be postponed while the French Football Federation on Thursday called off planned internationals for all France's representative teams. France joined Belgium, the Netherlands, Portugal, and Spain in deciding over the last two days to suspend league football.

France's neighbors Italy and Switzerland began calling off games over the last weeks but Germany's Bundesliga is scheduled to go ahead this weekend, albeit behind closed doors.


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