Le Graet less “optimistic” that the public will attend matches in France


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Le Graet less "optimistic" that the public will attend matches in France

The president of the French Football Federation is cautious about the outbreak of the coronavirus in Europe and the expectations that fans can return to the stadiums.

Noel Le Graet, president of the French Football Federation, had already expressed some optimism about the presence of the public during the next season in French football, which will begin on August 23 with the return of the Ligue 1 after his 2019/20 campaign was canceled.

And although the finals of the Coupe de France and League Cup to be played in these last days of July will have a handful of spectators, the aforementioned leader now moderated his speech by admitting that there are many questions in the face of a COVID-19 outbreak .

“France is the only country in Western Europe that welcomes the public again on the occasion of the final of the two national cups. We are still in talks to have people for the resumption of Ligue 1. How many people? I do not know. Nobody you can really predict it. A month ago I would have had a slightly more optimistic speech. But today, with the slight rebound of the epidemic, we are asking more questions, “said the FFF boss in an interview with Le Parisien.

In addition, Le Graet spoke about the fans of Paris Saint-Germain, who were spoken of negatively for not respecting the distance measures in the vicinity of the Parc des Princes. “I understand that the fans are happy to return to their stadium and encourage their team, but everyone must be responsible, at their level, adopting the correct attitudes,” he said in a call for individual responsibility.

Photo: FRANCK FIFE / AFP via Getty Images


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