The French football leagues were canceled too early under government pressure, a former sports minister claimed on Saturday.
The top two football leagues in men’s football and the top league in women’s football ended early, as did the top 14 rugby league after Prime Minister Edouard Philippe said they could not be resumed due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Patrick Kanner, Minister of Sports from 2014 to 17, believes the leagues felt pressured to end their season after Philippe’s television address and that the game could have continued under the right conditions.
“It was after [Philippe’s] Announcement on April 28th [Parliament] that the leagues and associations gave way, “Kanner told France Inter Radio on Saturday.” You had no choice. I insist: health records have been drawn up by all sports organizations. Maybe we could have started the competitions again in June. “
Games in Germany have already resumed and they are ready for it England, Italy and Spain in June – all without fans in the stadiums. The Premier League received government approval on Saturday to push the restart on June 17.
Kanner regrets that French fans need to turn their attention to entertainment elsewhere.
“Honestly, I would prefer the French to watch Ligue 1 games on TV instead of Bundesliga games,” said Kanner.