French government lobbying partners so that Europe’s other top 5 leagues’ seasons do not restart

Le Parisien report this evening that French President Emmanuel Macron does not want professional football to return for the end of 2019/20 seasons in Spain, Italy, Germany and England following the French government’s decision to block Ligue 1 and Ligue 2 from returning until earliest in August.

As it stands, only three major leagues have decided not to finish their 2019/20 campaigns: the Netherlands, Belgium and France.

Roxana Maracineanu, Minister for Sports in France, has begun bilateral talks with European partners to implore them to take the same action as the French government did on Tuesday.

She has already spoken with Italian and German partners and is due to speak with the Spanish Minister for Sports tomorrow. Certain sources claim that Macron himself has made phone calls for this to occur, although the French government has moved to deny these claims to the newspaper in question.

These bilateral talks appear to be having an impact, if one is to listen to Vincenzo Spadafora, the Italian Minister for Sports, who indicated on Wednesday:

“The decisions that are in the process of being taken in other countries, like in France, could push Italy to follow this position, which could then become a European position.”

On Friday, Italian footballing bodies will have further discussions. On Thursday, Angela Merkel is expected to provide more details on the future of the 2019/20 Bundesliga season.

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