Sport behind closed doors until 2021

Emmanuel Macron confirmed on Tuesday that it was impossible to envisage a return of the public to the stadiums before the month of January. The state has promised to compensate for the losses of the clubs.

It is not a big surprise. Sports competitions will continue to take place behind closed doors until January 2021. This was confirmed by Emmanuel Macron after a meeting with players in the world of sport. Even if the re-containment is lifted in December, it is not possible to allow the public to return to the stadiums by the end of the calendar year. And even after, since the XV of France has already announced that it will play its matches of the 6 Nations Tournament, in February and March 2021, behind closed doors.

A return to the more suitable audience

The following ? No maximum gauges imposed, on 1,000 or 5,000 people, as had been put in place after the first confinement. This time the rules could be adapted to the sizes of the speakers. Clearly, the Stade Vélodrome in Marseille (capacity: 67,000 spectators) will be able to accommodate more audiences than a hall with 3,000 or 5,000 seats.

The Government will take out the checkbook

Obviously, professional clubs are exposed to heavy losses in terms of ticketing. The Government has promised a compensation fund totaling 110 million euros, says RMC, with a maximum of 5 million euros per club or federation. It will be the losses for the month of December that will be compensated. In addition, the state has promised exemption from charges for the months of October, November and December, for a total amount of 105 million euros. What to reassure the clubs?