There is no positive test results for Covid-19 so far in the French Ligue 1, but France’s top football league is suffering from the impact of the coronovirus crisis all around the world.
Finances’ clubs are under great pressure. All matches in Ligue 1 were suspended last week, as a lot of countries adopted severe measures to stop the spread of the virus.
In this context, with all economies suffering from the virus, football teams in France are trying to cut down their operating costs – by suspending also the salaries of their players.
“Given the measures taken by the authorities to combat the spread of Covid-19, and because all training and competitions at the national level have been suspended, we must announce that we have put all the sports personnel to a partial unemployment and to a temporary suspension of wages and salaries”, said Olympique Lyonnais in a statement.
Compte tenu des mesures prises par les autorités pour lutter contre la propagation du Covid-19, l’Olympique Lyonnais informe avoir mis l’ensemble de son personnel sportif en chômage partiel jusqu’à nouvel ordre. https://t.co/ujSNRywsBN
— Olympique Lyonnais (@OL) March 18, 2020
Olympique Lyonnais is not the only French club adopting this measures.
Nîmes Olympique, Montpellier HSC, Amiens SC and other Ligue 1 teams already adotped measures to cut expenses with their staff, including players. Players will instead receive an allowance from the government.
Having played 28 games this season, Olympique Lyonnais is in the 7.th on the standing table and are eight points away from European competition qualification.
The spread of Covid-19 is hitting the European football world hard — and other sports as well.
UEFA had to postpone the European Championship to 2021, the Champions League and Europa League are also suspended with no clear resumption date. The major national leagues in Europe, including Premier League, La Liga, Bundesliga, Serie A and Ligue 1, are also in lockout.
As of March 19, more than 245,000 cases and 10,000 deaths have been reported in the world.