PSG President Makes Shock Admission About Club’s Season After Ligue 1 Was Cancelled
Paris Saint-Germain president Nasser Al-Khelaifi has revealed that the club will continue to play in the Champions League this season even if home matches are held abroad.
The defending French champions held a 12-point lead at the top of Ligue 1 before the season was suspended due to the coronavirus pandemic.
And France announced on Tuesday that Ligue 1 and Ligue 2 would not resume as the country enforces a ban on sporting events until September.
According to French newspaper L'Equipe, Al-Khelaifi said they "respect the decision of the French government."
However, the PSG chief added that the club would continue to play in Europe should UEFA resume the Champions League tournament this season.
"We respect the decision of the French government," he said.
"With agreement of UEFA, we intend to take part in the final phase of the Champions League in the places and dates where it will be organised.
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"If it isn't possible to play in France, we will play our matches abroad and we will make sure of the best conditions of health security for our players and all our staff."
PSG managed to progress to the quarter-finals of the competition after beating Borussia Dortmund in the round of 16.
UEFA is reportedly looking at options for finishing the Europa League and Champions League in August after domestic seasons are completed.
According to reports, the Champions League final could be held on 29th August should a restart date for Europe's top-tier competition be pushed back.
UEFA has recently asked for Europe's top-flight leagues to deliver their verdicts on whether they want to complete or cancel their seasons by 25th May.
France Prime Minister Edouard Philippe confirmed that all forms of professional sports would not resume, effectively shutting out a behind-closed-doors option.
"The 2019-20 season of professional sports, including football, will not be able to resume," he said.
"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."
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