The coronavirus pandemic is affecting most of the European football leagues, with the more prominent divisions, of course, more noticeable. Not only does this affect the football clubs revenue streams, but it also has a knock on effect to betting companies as there are no football events for people to bet on. Everything is still very much up in the air where the English football leagues are concerned, so, today we’re looking at how France, Spain and Italy are managing their footballing pyramid during the current chaos.
The football in France was halted indefinitely on March 13 due to concerns surrounding the coronavirus pandemic, with the country on a nationwide lockdown until May 11 at least, as a result. However, The LFP, who is French football’s governing body, has recently outlined their plans for football to resume so that the current season can finish.
News broke via respected daily newspaper L’Équipe that a return was on the cards, however, due to some confusion, the LFP moved to clarify the facts. As things stand, Ligue 1 and Ligue 2 will get underway once again on June 17, with the end goal being for the 2019/20 campaign to be done and dusted by July 25. If everything goes as planned, the LFP are looking at a start date for the 2020/21 season on August 22.
Football in Spain stopped on March 10, with the country being one of the most affected by the coronavirus pandemic. Therefore, there are currently no official plans for the action to get underway again. Still, La Liga and the Spanish Football Federation are determined for the 2019/20 campaign to restart at some stage.
At the time of writing, it’s believed there are plans to allow teams to go back to training in some way, shape or form. However, players such as Barcelona’s Sergio Busquets are said to be against the idea at present. So, as things stand, it could be a while before Spanish football gets underway once again, especially as the players have understandable concerns about their health when returning to their working environments.
March 9 saw Serie A brought to a dramatic halt. Like Spain, Italy is a country which has been severely affected by COVID-19. Questions remained as to whether the season would be able to restart, and a vote on the future of the current campaign saw the likes of Brescia, Sampdoria and Torino oppose the idea of playing out the rest of the 2019/20 season.
However, Serie A has recently issued a statement which suggests all teams are now in agreement that a concerted effort will take place to attempt to finish the season. The report said that action taking place would do so ‘in compliance with medical protocols for the protection of players and all professionals.’ There are whispers of training restarting sometime in May, but as things stand, there is nothing set in stone.
As far as the individual leagues go, things are still, understandably, very much up in the air. The reality of the situation is that each country and its footballing pyramid are individual cases. So, the respective governing bodies will make the decisions which are appropriate for their countries and footballing structures, clubs and the people involved.