According to L’Equipe, Ligue 1 teams will have to play 3 days/match to ensure the season is completed, thereby identifying relegation and promotion teams.
That would also allow French teams competing in the European Cup to participate in the rest of the tournament in August, as UEFA suggested.
Ligue 1 will return in June
French press reports that the governing body of French professional football leagues (LFP) has confirmed that Ligue 1 is expected to return on June 17, and end on July 25. The French Cup final between PSG and Lyon will be held on June 27, and the French League Cup final will take place on July 11. It is not clear whether the matches will take place in the presence of spectators.
The return of Ligue 1 will prevent this tournament from losing large amounts of money related to television rights or sponsorship contracts. Media group beIN has announced that it has refused to pay the television rights to Ligue 1 due to the suspension of the tournament.
Streaming company DAZN is said to have told tournaments it has the right not to pay for any canceled tournaments, while Nordic Entertainment Group (Nent) has said it will not report costs. Media royalties for sporting events are deferred from its earnings statement, until the exact time the events will take place.
BeIN SPORTS’ four-year contract with Ligue 1 in France is set to expire at the end of this season.
If Ligue 1 cannot continue, there will be heavy consequences
In a legal letter, beIN SPORTS France chief executive Yousef Al Obaidly said the decision to make a follow-up payout depends on whether the season can resume.
Al Obaidly added that the situation “has just been aggravated by the decision to maintain social distancing for about two more weeks”.