The football League (LFP) has planned everything for the return of the spectators in the stages, with a health protocol which has been validated by the inter-ministerial Committee of crisis (CIC), has made it known Tuesday, August 11, Didier Quillot, executive general manager of the LFP. But the League has another idea behind the head... While Jean Castex, has announced that gatherings of more than 5 000 people will be banned until the 30th of October, he also stated that exemptions may be granted by the prefects on a case-by-case basis.
It is this possibility that is interested in exploring the LFP, strong of its protocol of reception of the public, which states "the wearing of the mask required to the interior of the stadium, the respect of the gestures, barriers, and distancing as well as the devices of hygiene, both individual and collective." "I renew the wish to have a maximum number of people in the stadiums", said Didier Quillot in a statement sent to Agence France-Presse
A medical protocol
"The health protocol which has been approved by the CIC will allow the reception of the public in the stadiums, and clubs to apply for exemptions to the prefects to exceed the gauge of 5, 000 people in the strict adherence to this health protocol", a-t-he added. While the new season of Ligue 1 will start on the 21 August and the League 2 on 22 August, the LFP has also been sent to the clubs a "medical protocol for the resumption of the championships" at the destination of the players and their coaching, established in connection with the French federation (FFF).
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A percentage rather than a gauge fixed
If the foot can count on the comfortable income of television rights, the revenue in box office take on a greater importance after five months of forced interruption. "We continue to regret (the decision), it is believed that a gauge of 5,000 compared to a stadium of 6,000 (seats), this is not the same as a gauge of 5,000 in a stadium of 80,000", responded to the Agency France-Presse Bernard Caïazzo, president of the union of clubs First League and chairman of the supervisory board of AS Saint-Etienne.
"It seems to us quite illogical. Of course, there are possible exemptions from the prefect, but this would have been so much more sense to have a percentage of the capacity of the stadium ( ... ), and We are good soldiers, but it was sometimes hard to understand," he said, noting that these shortfalls in terms of the ticket represent "economic damages indisputable" for the clubs.