2019/2020 season French Ligue 1 abandoned amid COVID-19 pandemic

Lille's Domagoj Bradaric in action with Olympique Lyonnais' Bertrand Traore during Ligue 1 in Lille, France on March 8, 2020. (Photo: Agencies)

PARIS - French Prime Minister Edouard Philippe on Tuesday announced that "no sporting events will be allowed to take place until September" amid the ongoing fight against coronavirus pandemic.

This means that the Ligue 1 has followed the Dutch Eredivisie to become the second football top flight in Europe to be cancelled.

Philippe has confirmed that there is no possibility of Ligue 1 and Ligue 2 resuming until September, including behind closed doors. Over 23,000 people have been killed in France by the deadly virus while more than 160,000 people have been affected.