French sport to remain behind closed doors

The French presidency has announced that fans will not be permitted to return to sports venues this year, and when they do it will be subject to strict limits based on a stadium or arena’s size.

President Emmanuel Macron yesterday (Tuesday) led a conference call with sports officials as the country as a whole seeks means to emerge from a second nationwide COVID-19 lockdown that was implemented last month.

Macron stated that fans would not return to venues before the beginning of 2021. According to L’Équipe, Macron also outlined that guidelines for fan attendance would also not involve fixed numbers, but instead would focus on the size of venues and the implementation of measures such as filling every other seat, or admitting only one person per square metre.

Macron also confirmed that approval has been received from the European Commission for a ticketing compensation fund of €107m (£95.7m/$127.1m) covering professional sport for loss of matchday income. 

A ceiling of €5m per male or female sports club will be implemented, while several federations will also be eligible, such as football and rugby union, for their national team games.

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