The 2019/20 Ligue 1 and Ligue 2 seasons are over after the French Prime Minister announced that there will no football matches until at least September, even behind closed doors, The Guardian report.
It follows the precedent set in the Netherlands, who announced similar action last week, bringing an end to the 2019/20 Eredivisie season.
Although there is obviously no direct comparison in this crisis between those countries and Scotland, it is increasingly looking unlikely that we’ll be seeing Celtic in action over the next few months even without crowds in attendance.
Other countries, such a Germany, are reportedly preparing for a return but their resources far outstrip what is available to Scottish teams, with the added caveat that the ongoing public health crisis is apparently less severe there than here (The Guardian).
The French leagues’ governing body is now set to have meetings next month to decide on how their season ends with Paris Saint-German currently sitting 12 points clear at the top of the table.
It’ll be very interesting to see what action is taken there, with that lead far closer to the one Celtic have over Rangers, than Ajax did over AZ Alkmaar.
The SPFL, of course, has voted to determine league standings on an average points per game basis, which would mean Neil Lennon’s Bhoys are crowned champions in the event that action in Scotland can’t resume in a timely fashion.
Will France follow a similar model and add weight to that decision or now go their own way with a different solution?