The 2019-20 Ligue 1 season has been abandoned after the French Prime Minister Edouard Philippe’s announcement that no sporting events will be allowed to take place until September.
Philippe has confirmed that there is no possibility of Ligue 1 resuming until September amid the ongoing fight against coronavirus, with France still in a state of lockdown.
“The big sporting affairs cannot occur before September,” he said in a national assembly on Tuesday. “The 2019-20 professional football season cannot return.”
The French professional league (LFP) announced plans to restart the campaign on June 17 last week , and UEFA has set a deadline of August 2 for domestic leagues to reach their natural conclusions.
However, Philippe’s comments have ended all hopes of a return to action for French clubs over the summer, with Ligue 1 and Ligue 2 now indefinitely cancelled.
The governing bodies of French football are due to meet in May to discuss the final league standings, with it yet to be determined who will be crowned champions, who will be relegated and who will win promotion.
PSG look set to be crowned Ligue 1 champions for a third successive year, having opened up a 12-point lead over Marseille at the top of the table.
Toulouse were 17 points from safety before the coronavirus-enforced break and Amiens also looked doomed, but Nimes were only three points adrift of 17th-placed Saint-Etienne.
Meanwhile, in Ligue 2, Lorient and Lens occupy the automatic promotion spots, but there are only four points between the league leaders and fifth-placed Clermont.