PSG plans to play Champions League games abroad after the end of the Ligue 1 season

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Paris-Saint Germain plans to play its Champions League games this season abroad – possibly in Qatar – after all professional sports in France were banned until September.

The cancellation of Ligue 1 today disrupts UEFA’s plan to end European competitions in August.

PSG, champion of France, is already in the quarterfinals while Lyon have not yet played a return match against Juventus in the round of 16.

The announcement on Tuesday by French Prime Minister Edouard Philippe of stopping all “major sporting events, including football, before September, even behind closed doors”, risks disadvantaging PSG and Lyon if other European leagues start again.

But Qatari PSG president Nasser al-Khelaïfi said: “We respect the decision of the French government.



PSG has chosen to play its Champions League matches outside France
PSG has chosen to play its Champions League matches outside France

“With the agreement of UEFA, we intend to participate in the final phase of the Champions League at the places and dates organized.

“If it is not possible to play in France, we will play our matches abroad while guaranteeing the best health security conditions for our players and all our staff. “

With PSG 12 points from Marseille at the head of Ligue 1, the French league must now decide to cancel the season as in the Netherlands and avoid any title and see no promotion or relegation.

The end of the season will have a huge financial impact on the French game, the broadcasters beIN Sports and Canal Plus having withheld the last installment of national television until the end of the season.

But Marseille coach Andre Villas-Boas said: “I think the decision to end the season makes perfect sense because it is too early to start training again.

“The most important things are the health and protection of everyone. “

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