FFF chief sets out vision for European football return

President of the French Football federation (FFF) executive committee Noël Le Graët during the Federal Assembly of the FFF (Photo by Dave Winter/Icon Sport via Getty Images)

Noël Le Graët, president of the French Football Federation (FFF), has expressed his desire for the Ligue 1 season to run until at least July 15 to ensure all domestic leagues in Europe are completed.

Earlier this week, the French Football League (LFP) suspended all Ligue 1 and Ligue 2 matches with immediate effect “until further notice” due to the Covid-19 outbreak. The LFP has expressed a wish to finish the season by June 30.

Uefa, football’s European governing body, on Tuesday postponed its 2020 European Championship by 12 months in a bid to help domestic competitions across Europe be completed. The move will also give Uefa time to finish its own Champions League and Europa League club competitions.

Officials in Italy and Spain have expressed hope that their respective Serie and LaLiga competitions may be able to restart in May and Le Graët (pictured) has now said that enough time must be given to ensure the French top-flight season is completed.

“Frankly, I can’t see how we could end it at the end of June, with the France games and the Champions League,” Le Graët told French newspaper L’Équipe.

“The proposal that the French federation wants to make to everyone and to Uefa is that we must absolutely play at least until July 15. There is no other solution. Take countries like Italy, Spain and France…you can see that they will not resume training at the beginning of April.”

Le Graët added: “I think that the players are wise enough to play an extra couple of weeks. And those who will not want to play will not play.”