BY Pelumi King
There was a little shock in France and the football world in general when the news went around that Ligue 1 had been cancelled. Shortly before the announcement, the French football federation and Ligue 1 management were confident that the league would resume in June. It however came as a shock to them when French Prime minister and the government agreed that there should be no footballing or sporting activities till September. By the virtue of that announcement, the league had to be cancelled. The cancellation of the French league made the Ligue 1 the first league among the top 5 leagues to be cancelled.
While there is an immense in the German Football, leagues like Spanish La liga, English Premier league and the Italian serie a are still doubt of returning. As you might as well know, Spain and Italy have the highest coronavirus cases and deaths in Europe. England’s coronavirus cases and deaths just keep increasing every day.
While there has been some progress in the Italian Series A in the sense that some Italian clubs have been granted permission to train. The Italian government are still very doubtful whether the league should resume or not. The major cause of this doubt is public health officials are still very pessimistic about a second wave of Coronavirus infections even among the players. They want to tread very carefully so that they would not put the lives of their players and families at risk.
In the Spanish La liga, Javier Tebas the president of the Liga Nacional de futbol (La Liga) is still adamant and positive that the league would resume latest by June. He is absolutely positive that Spanish La Liga will definitely resume and not be cancelled. The royal Spanish football federation also shares that sentiment. The Spanish government is however doubtful of allowing the league to resume. The government has the final say and whatever they decide is final.
The English Premier league however is trying different methods in ensuring the league to resume. For the last few weeks, multiple reports suggest that Premier league have been in series of meetings have been in series of meeting figuring out a way in which the league can resume. BBC reports that the premier league clubs have been told that neutral venues are essential in completing the premier league season. BBC also reports that the 92 outstanding games will be played behind closed doors and 40,000n test kits needed to test the staff and players.
Spanish La Liga, English premier league, German Bundesliga and Italian serie a seem to have had it all figured out but all of their plans still needs final approval from their respective governments. Their respective governments have the final say on the resumption of the leagues.