PSG to play its Champions League matches outside France, club president says


Paris Saint-Germain will end its Champions League season abroad if the new French regulations on coronaviruses do not allow them to play games in the country, the club president said on Tuesday.

Nasser Al-Khelaifi made the announcement after French Prime Minister Edouard Philippe said professional football could not restart until September, putting the Ligue 1 season in serious danger of being canceled.

“We respect the decision of the French government. With the agreement of the Uefa, we plan to participate in the Champions League, where and when it will be held, “Al-Khelaifi said in a statement.

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

Philippe’s announcement at the French National Assembly on Tuesday marked the end of current Ligue 1 and 2 campaigns.

However, the French Sports Ministry told AFP after the speech that sports matches could not take place even behind closed doors before the end of July, leaving open the possibility that some matches could still be played in August .

The French Football League will hold a conference call later Tuesday to draw its conclusions from the government’s announcement.

According to documents consulted by the AFP, the European governing body Uefa aims to finish the Champions League this season by the end of August.

PSG are in the quarterfinals of this year’s competition, but have no opponents yet as the round of 16 was not completed before the locking of Covid-19 in Europe.

According to the documents, the round of 16 will end on August 7 and 8, the quarters will be played from August 11 to 15 and the final on August 29.


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