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French players’ union against Ligue 1 return

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The co-president of the UNFP Sylvain Kastendeuch wants the current Ligue 1 season to be scraped so that the next one can take place safely.

Professional football in France was suspended indefinitely last month in accordance with the public safety measures due to the outbreak of coronavirus.

According to reports, the authorities are planning on finishing the remainder of the Ligue 1 season between June and July. However, the proposed plan would take a toll on players’ health with the matches being played every three days.

Sylvain Kastendeuch, as a result, wants the idea to be dropped and the current season to be written off. The co-president of the National Union of Professional Footballers (UNFP) instead has urged the authorities to start making plans for the next season.

“It seems so obvious that we often forget it: without footballers, there is no football!” he wrote in Le Monde [via Goal]. “We must therefore take care of them and protect them from the risks to which they are exposed.

“The economic emergency must not take precedence over the importance of public health. Let us renounce resuming the championship under these conditions – a resumption that would be hasty and dangerous.

“Let us arrange today the conditions for a successful and exemplary next season of this football we love so much.”