French authorities will restrict Ligue 1 games to just 1,000 fans, or have them played behind closed doors, until at least April 15.
Ligue 1 matches will be played behind closed doors or see fan numbers restricted to 1,000 as part of measures to control the spread of the coronavirus.
Minister for sport Roxana Maracineanu confirmed the decision after chairing a meeting on Monday to discuss plans to combat the outbreak.
Paris Saint-Germain’s game against Strasbourg on Saturday was postponed due to the virus, while their Champions League last-16 second leg at home to Borussia Dortmund will be played behind closed doors following guidance from police.
PSG’s Ligue 1 matches against Nice and Marseille, as well as the Coupe de la Ligue final with Lyon on April 4, will all be affected.
The Six Nations match between France and Ireland at Stade de France, due to take place on Saturday, has been postponed.
France has 1,116 confirmed cases of the coronavirus, with 19 people having been killed.
Speaking last week, UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin called for people not to obsess over “dark scenarios” as European football’s governing body considered the ramifications for the Champions League and Euro 2020 amid the outbreak.
“We are dealing with it and we are confident we can deal with it,” he said. “You don’t know how many big concerns we have: we have security concerns, political instability and one is also the virus.
“Let’s try to be optimistic, not think about dark scenarios – there’s time for that later.”
Later on Monday, RB Leipzig confirmed that their last-16 second leg at home to Tottenham was presently neither at risk of being called off nor of having to be held behind closed doors.
“The game is currently not at risk of cancellation due to the recent coronavirus outbreak,” the Bundesliga club said on Twitter.
“We remain in close contact with health authorities and the match will go ahead as planned, with the fans being able to enjoy the match in the ground.”
Vincent Pajot stays at FC Metz
Vincent Pajot played with the Greens between 2015 and 2018. (Vincent Van Doornick / Isosport / Presse Sports)
FC Metz formalized the final transfer of Vincent Pajot, Wednesday afternoon.
Loaned by Angers with option to purchase on December 31, 2019, midfielder Vincent Pajot (29) will remain in Lorraine. FC Metz formalized this Wednesday afternoon i its final transfer. Author of three assists in eight matches in the jersey with the Lorraine cross, the midfielder is now linked with the garnet club until June 30, 2022.
Thierry Henry and the death of George Floyd: “Enough is enough”
Thierry Henry joins his voice to the protests of the sports world after the death of George Floyd, a dead black man smothered by a white policeman on May 25 in Minneapolis. The former 42-year-old French international, currently coaching the Montreal Impact in MLS, posted a message on Twitter on Wednesday.
“We urgently need change, we demand change and, most importantly, we deserve change” , writes (in English) the former Gunner. “Make it happen now”, urges the player born to a Guadeloupean father and a Martinican mother. ” Enough is enough. “
” This goes on for too long and this has gone too far “
” Why the same racists who applaud any ethnic minority who play for the team they support insult the same minorities once they are in the street? “, questions the top scorer of the France team (51 goals in 123 matches between 1997 to 2010). Another question asked by Thierry Henry: “Why don’t all the methods we use to eradicate (racism) from our society work?” It has been going on for too long and it goes too far for it to be tolerated in today’s society “, he concluded.
France: Discover The 11 Nominees Of The Prestigious Marc Vivien Foe Award
Radio France Internationale (RFI) has announced the list of nominees for the yearly Marc-Vivien Foé Award. The winner, recognized as the best African footballer in the French Ligue 1 championship over a 12-month period will be known on June 29th 2020.
Hailing from 6 different countries, with a domination from Senegalese and Nigerian players, this year’s nominees highlight the breadth and wealth of African talent playing in the French Ligue 1 championship. These players will be vying to succeed Ivorian forward Nicolas Pepe, winner of the 2019 award. A shortlist of just three nominees will be unveiled in early June, with the laureate to be announced later in the month.
The award is named after late Marc-Vivien Foé, former Cameroonian defensive midfielder footballer who suddenly passed away during a FIFA confederation cup match against Columbia on 26 June 2003 in France.
These are the nominees:
Yunis ABDELHAMID (Morocco / Stade de Reims) – Defender
The “Lion of the Atlas” is one of the great craftsmen of 6th placed Reims in the French ligue 1 championship. Yunis is the Moroccan figure in the All best season’s XI established by the renowned French magazine France Football and was rated as best defender by the newspaper L’Équipe. The 32-year-old player could finally discover the European Competition as his club is on the brink of participating in the Europa League.
Denis BOUANGA (Gabon / AS Saint-Etienne) – Forward
Arriving from Nîmes last summer, the 25-year-old Gabonese had a little trouble adjusting in his club during the first weeks of the championship. He was quick to catch up and resum with last season’s rhythm and performance that saw him rose from Nîmes to Saint Etienne. The versatile striker finished the season with 10 goals and 3 assists to his name in 26 Ligue 1 games. With “Les verts”, he has progressed to the lamp light, arousing the lusts from some big clubs.
Andy DELORT (Algeria / Montpellier HSC) – Forward
The African champion continued this season with an uprise momentum, after a radiant summer with the Algerian national side. Though he scored 9 goals in 26 games this season against 14 in 36 games during the 2018-2019 season, the 28-year-old striker seems perfectly fulfilled in his native region.
Habib DIALLO (Senegal / FC Metz) – Forward
The former resident of Génération Foot Fc (Senegal) perpetuates the tradition of talented Senegalese players who is walking in the footpaths of his predecessors through Metz FC (That has nursed Jules Bocandé, Ismaïla Sarr, Papiss Cissé and Sadio Mané over the years). After helping Metz move up to Ligue 1 in 2019, the 24-year-old center-forward helped the club be maintained in the french top flight with 12 goals in 26 games.
Idrissa GUEYE (Senegal / Paris SG) – Midfielder
Rarely has a defensive player been expected to produce as much as Gueye in a major club. Even if he is not a pure defensive midfielder, the Senegalese aged 30, recruited last summer by Everton (England), filled a glaring shortage in this position, with much consistency, rigour and ardour. this, to the point of quickly attracting the sympathy of PSG fans.
Edouard MENDY (Senegal / Stade rennais) – Goalkeeper
The “Lions of Teranga” are assured with the save hands of Mendy and Alfred Gomis, two excellent goalkeepers of Ligue 1. Gomis could also have been on this list if not of an injury contracted in early February. The goalkeeper of Stade Rennes, in any case, has confirmed with Rennes his fine performances from the seasons spent in Reims.
M’Baye NIANG (Senegal / Stade rennais) – Forward
At 25, the former great hope of French football has certainly not yet unleashed his full potential. But in Rennes, the one who opted for the Senegalese national side demonstrated that he was an imposing striker, scoring 10 goals this season.
Victor OSIMHEN (Nigeria / Lille LOSC) – Forward
Will the Nigerian be the fifth Lille player to becomr the best African player of the Ligue 1 championship, after Gervinho (2010, 2011), Vincent Enyeama (2014), Sofiane Boufal (2016) and Nicolas Pépé (2019)? The 21-year-old center-forward in any case illustrates the LOSC’s ability to find nuggets. With 13 goals and 4 assists in 27 games, the “Super Eagle” excelled above expectations.
Moses SIMON (Nigeria / FC Nantes) – Midfielder / Forward
Loaned by Levante, the Nigerian signed up for 4 years with Nantes where he has just been elected player of the season. This eccentric midfielder/twirling winger, aged 24, has split 5 goals and 5 assists in Ligue 1. Among the “Canaries”, Moses Simon has accumulated experience, haven played in the Netherlands, Slovakia, Belgium, and Spain. Nantes seems to be a favourable ground to find stability that will permit him be a starter with the “Super Eagles”.
Islam SLIMANI (Algeria / AS Monaco) – Forward
Through Portugal, England, and Turkey. Slimani is known for his precious goals and his ceaseless efforts. At Monacco, we discovered his technical finesse and his generosity in assists (8 assists and goals). The African champion has formed a beautiful duo with Wissam Ben Yedder. But, despite his high-class performances, the 31-year-old did not always have the confidence of the new Monegasque coach, Robert Moreno.
Hamari TRAORÉ (Mali / Stade Rennes) – Defender
Good side backs don’t run the streets. So Rennes will no doubt have to insist on keeping the Malian international. At 28 years old and after three seasons in Brittany, this straight side and full of drive aspires for greater challenges. The prospect of competing in the Champions League might push him to extend the adventure with the “Red and Black”.
It should be noted no Cameroonian is on the list, two Nigerians and a majority of Senegalese players. Rennes, more than any other club is most represented with 3 players.
Former winners of the Marc-Vivien Foé Prize Award
- Year Player Club
2009 Marouane Chamakh (Girondins de Bordeaux)
2010 Gervinho (LOSC Lille)
2011 Gervinho (2) (LOSC Lille)
2012 Younès Belhanda (Montpellier HSC)
2013 Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (AS Saint-Étienne)
2014 Vincent Enyeama (LOSC Lille)
2015 André Ayew (Olympique de Marseille)
2016 Sofiane Boufal (LOSC Lille)
2017 Jean Michaël Seri (OGC Nice)
2018 Karl Toko-Ekambi (Angers SCO)
2019 Nicolas Pépé (LOSC Lille)
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