Coronavirus: finals of the Coupe de France and the Coupe de la Ligue confirmed at the end of July

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Two cup finals will take place on consecutive Fridays at the end of July to mark the return of the coronavirus break

The postponed Coupe de France and Coupe de la Ligue finals will take place on July 24 and 31 respectively, confirmed the French Football Federation (FFF).The two matches were postponed in April due to the coronavirus pandemic, Prime Minister Edouard Philippe announcing that all sporting events had been stopped in order to control the spread of Covid-19.

Although this led to the premature conclusion of Ligue 1, the final places in the table being decided on a basis of points per match, the FFF delayed a decision on the finals of the two cups, giving the possibility to the flagship events of take place at a later date.

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The virus is largely under control in France, provisional dates at the end of July have been put forward as possibilities.

The FFF confirmed these dates on Friday, with the final of the Coupe de France between Paris Saint-Germain and Saint-Etienne scheduled for July 24.

PSG will then play the final of the League Cup a week later, with Lyon their opponents on this occasion.

The French champions have recently resumed training, with three players and a club staff member tested positive for coronavirus.

At the same time, after the departures of Thomas Meunier and Edinson Cavani at the end of their contract, Thomas Tuchel considers that Paris Saint-Germain’s prospects in the Champions League are “different but not impossible”.

It is expected that up to 5,000 supporters will be allowed to enter the Stade de France to watch the two-cup matches after it was confirmed last week that the stadiums may open at reduced capacity next month.

It will be the last iteration of the Coupe de la Ligue following a decision in September 2019 to suspend competition, due to a desire to reduce the calendar of the French football season.

While the two cup finals will take place to mark the end of the 2019-2020 season, the 2020-21 season will begin on the weekend of August 22.

The final of the Champions League is scheduled for August 21, and the calendar of Ligue 1 will be adjusted for Paris Saint-Germain or Lyon, should we say to go to this last match.

There will be five midweek match days in the coming season, with the season running until May 23.

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