According to L’Equipe, the French president will be on Friday in the duel at PSG and Saint Etienne and his intention will be to give a message to the population regarding care and distancing.
Paris Saint-Germain and Saint Etienne will decide on Friday the title of the French Cup, in a duel between two of the greats of the country’s history that will be played in an almost empty Stade de France.
It will be a meeting that will attract attention on French soil, being the first official since the suspension of football after the pandemic break and after the Ligue 1 2019/20 was canceled after 28 days.
The interesting thing about this final, according to L’Equipe, is that the party will have the presence of the French president, Emmanuel Macron. His intention is to encourage the different actors in this clash in what represents a symbolism to demonstrate that football and life are moving towards the new normal from the health crisis that has been experienced in recent months.
The president will not award the trophy to the winner
Of course, a very strict protocol will be respected to avoid a possible spread of COVID-19, but also to set an example for the entire population. Macron will be specially invited to wear a mask during the whole meeting. Also, he will come down from the rostrum early in the game to greet the players, but will not shake hands.
In the same vein, the captain of the champion team will not receive the trophy when going up to the stands, but on the pitch. And it will not be the French head of state who delivers the cup
Macron should be accompanied by other members of the government, such as Jean-Michel Blanquer, Minister of National Education, Youth and Sports, and Roxana Maracineanu, Minister of Sports.
In this context, the FFF (French Football Federation) authorized the attendance of spectators for this Cup final, but their number should not exceed 5,000. Followers of each team were assigned 1,250 tickets. There will also be 1,500 places reserved for accredited people and another 1,000 for the “soccer family”. Of course, all of these people will also have to wear a mask and abide by the rules of distancing.
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