The 2019/20 Ligue 1 and Ligue 2 seasons have are reportedly set to be cancelled after an announcement from French Prime Minister Edouard Philippe, which may cause concern amongst Leeds United, West Bromwich Albion and other EFL clubs.
The majority of professional leagues around the world have been suspended for some time and it remains unclear if, how, and when they will be concluded.
Some European countries have already made decisions to bring an early end to their seasons, including Belgium and the Netherlands.
It appears France have now followed suit as, according to Sky Sports, the French Prime Minister has announced that no sporting events will be allowed before September.
He said: “The 2019-2020 season of professional sports, including football, will not be able to resume.
“It will be possible, on sunny days, to practice an individual sporting activity outdoors, obviously respecting the rules of social distancing.
“It will not be possible, neither to practice sport in covered places, nor team or contact sports.”
That will likely cause some concern amongst EFL clubs as an increasing number of foreign leagues take the decision to bring an early end to the 2019/20 campaign.
Few sides will be more determined to ensure the season is completed fully than the Championship’s top two, Leeds and West Brom, who are the frontrunners for promotion.
It was reported yesterday that the Premier League is optimistic about returning behind closed doors at the start of June and appear to have the backing of the government.
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The increasing number of European countries that are pulling the plug on their league seasons will certainly be a concern for EFL clubs, particularly Leeds and West Brom.
The Championship top two have a fairly healthy cushion above the play-offs with nine games remaining but it remains unclear whether they’ll get the chance to complete the season.
That said, the UK government’s continued backing of the Premier League is certainly a good sign.