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French top league Ligue 1 plans June 17 restart

French top league Ligue 1 plans June 17 restart

French top division Ligue 1 plan to restart the suspended 2019/20 season on June 17 and be completed by July 25, L'Equipe reports.

The French sports newspaper reports that clubs face playing every three days to ensure enough time for the relegation and promotion play-offs.

League authorities have also factored in clubs still in European competitions if UEFA announces new Champions League and Europa League dates.

Football activities in France were suspended on March 16 due to the coronavirus crisis.

In a statement released to L'Equipe on Monday, following a meeting held last Friday, the Ligue de Football Professionnel (LFP) confirmed that the intention is to stage fixtures again from that date but it was not made clear if games would be played behind closed doors.

The Coupe de France final between PSG and Lyon has been pencilled in for June 27, with the Coupe de la Ligue final featuring Thomas Tuchel's side and Saint-Étienne to be played on July 11.

LFP decision to announce restart dates comes in the wake of world's biggest sports rights holders the beIN Media Group withholding its upcoming payment for domestic Ligue 1 rights due to the suspension of competition in France.

Another broadcaster CanalPlus has also announced that it will not disburse payment for broadcast rights on the back of an extension of the lockdown in France designed to limit the spread of the coronavirus.

Other broadcast partners that have signalled reluctance to remit their include streaming company DAZN and Nordic Entertainment Group (Nent).

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