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Di Maria laments ‘rushed’ Ligue 1 cancelation decision

Angel Di Maria, Paris Saint-Germain
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Angel Di Maria has called out Ligue 1 for hastily ending the season prematurely as Paris Saint-Germain desired to play till the end.

The French Football League (LFP) became a subject of criticism from media and fans alike when they put an end to the 2019-20 Ligue 1 season on April 30, declaring Paris Saint-Germain as champions.

The clubs relegated could have avoided it and those who missed out on Champions League football could’ve achieved it as there were still at least 10 matches left to be played, and the criticism aimed at Ligue 1 was mainly due to the fact that they denied the clubs of the aforementioned opportunities.

Lyon president Jean-Michel Aulas even urged the French football authorities to revoke their decision and consider resuming the season.

While Angel Di Maria is not as demanding as Jean-Michel Aulas, he agrees with him that the right way to respond to the coronavirus crisis would have been to remain patient instead of acting rashly.

“Like many, I think we rushed to make such a decision,” he told L’Equipe.

“From what we can see, France is today one of the countries where the health situation is the most favorable, and yet everything has been totally stopped for good. These are matters of politics and for doctors. 

“We would have liked to finish the championship but decisions have been made and we must accept them.”