Italy’s Minister of Sports Vincenzo Spadafora admitted on Wednesday that their decision over the country’s elite football leagues may be swayed by France’s move, insisting a “European line” could be formed whereby all the major divisions across the continent adopt the same strategy.
Bundesliga clubs have already resumed training and were considering a return in early May, but German chancellor Angela Merkel is expected to ultimately decide the league’s fate this week.
And the pressure will now rise on the Premier League to make a definitive decision on the future of their season, too.
It is believed European leagues have until May 25 to tell Europe’s governing body, UEFA, whether or not they will complete or cancel their seasons.
The president of Spain’s La Liga, Javier Tebas, is eager for the remaining fixtures to be played out and said after the news of Ligue 1’s cancellation: “I do not understand why there would more danger in playing football behind closed doors, with all precautionary measures, than working on an assembly line, being on a fishing boat on the high seas, etcetera.
“If important economic sectors cannot restart, in a safe and controlled manner, they could end up disappearing. That could happen to professional football. In other countries teams are already training, that’s the example to follow.