“It is urgent to wait,” said 45 groups of supporters of French clubs on Monday in a joint statement in which they positioned themselves against a resumption of the championships without spectators and castigated “the quarrels” of the leaders in the crisis due to the coronavirus.
“It is not conceivable that football will resume prematurely. It is not conceivable that it will resume behind closed doors. It will resume in due time, when sanitary and social conditions are met”, launched associations of ultras of Ligue 1, Ligue 2 and National clubs. Co-signed by 45 groups, including the Collectif ultras Paris (CUP), PSG’s main ultrasound group, the Ultramarines (Bordeaux) as well as the Loire Brigade (Nantes), this press release calls on French football bodies to stall at cause of the coronavirus, to “think about the future” and to “take advantage of this time of pause and confinement to rethink”.
Club leaders not opposed to closed door resumption
“Football ‘at all costs’ is a football of shame, which will have no future,” say these groups, critical of this football “which has become a television program which believed it could do without full stadiums, but which above all cannot not spend money from broadcasters. “
Since the suspension of the championship on March 13, several leaders have given their proposal for the end of the season, most of them not ruling out a resumption of the championship behind closed doors. The broadcasters Canal + and beIN Sports, for their part, have suspended the payment of TV rights for the championship.