Live

Highlights on Off The Ball

04:00 PM-06:00 PM

Highlights on Off The Ball

French Top 14 clubs are to meet on Wednesday to discuss a Prime Ministerial order banning major sporting events until September.

Edouard Philippe announced the measure on Tuesday afternoon, effectively ending the seasons of football's Ligue 1 and Ligue 2.

The French Football Federation (FFF) announced on Tuesday night that the football season will not allowed be resume.

While the French Professional Football League (LFP) that oversees the top two divisions will meet on Thursday (April 30) to discuss the sporting and economic implications of ending the season.

The National Rugby League (LNR) released a statement on Tuesday night recognising the measures announced by prime minister Philippe.

The semi-finals and final set for Nice in June and July had already been cancelled.

They'll discuss the measures with presidents of the Top 14 clubs and those of the second tier PRO D2 at a meeting on Wednesday afternoon.

Nine rounds of regular season matches remain in the Top 14, with Bordeaux-Begles leading from Lyon. A playoff series then follows the end of the regular season.

The LNR say all stakeholders will take stock of Tuesday's events, before discussing with the French Sports Ministry its proposed medical protocols regarding the resumption of its competitions.

They add that an LNR steering committee, "will be convened at the end of this process to fix the terms for the closure of the 2019-2020 season and the start of the 2020-2021 season."

Three French sides remain in the Heineken Champions Cup, with two of the quarter finals to be played in France including Ulster's trip to Toulouse.

The EPCR remain determined to see this season's Champions Cup completed.

In a statement to the Irish Independent, European rugby chiefs say, "Having noted the directive regarding the staging of sporting events in France, EPCR remains committed to making every effort to conclude the knockout stages of the 2019/20 Heineken Champions Cup and Challenge Cup season subject to official advice and with the health and welfare of players, club staff, match officials, supporters and the wider rugby community in mind.

"EPCR will now consider this latest development with its league and union shareholders before deciding if further comment is required at this time."

Download the brand new OTB Sports App in the Play Store & App Store right now! We've got you covered!

Subscribe to Off The Ball's YouTube channel for more videos, like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for the latest sporting news and content.


Read more about

Coronavirus Covid-19 Epcr France Heineken Champions Cup LNR Top 14 Ulster

Live: Title

Description

Added to queue
Removed from queue

On Air

Share

Share

Next up in queue

Title
Description
Duration

There are currently no podcasts in the queue

Go to podcasts

On Air

Highlights on Off The Ball

Highlights on Off The Ball

04:00 PM-06:00 PM

Share

Up next

OTB Gold

OTB Gold

06:00 PM-07:00 PM

Share

LIVE: Newsround

LIVE: Newsround

07:00 PM-07:30 PM

Share

LIVE: Off The Ball

LIVE: Off The Ball

07:30 PM-09:00 PM

Share

LIVE: The Football Show

LIVE: The Football Show

09:00 PM-10:00 PM

Share

Repeat: Off The Ball

Repeat: Off The Ball

10:00 PM-12:00 AM

Share

Repeat: OTB AM

Repeat: OTB AM

12:00 AM-02:00 AM

Share

Repeat: Off The Ball

Repeat: Off The Ball

02:00 AM-05:00 AM

Share

Repeat: OTB AM

Repeat: OTB AM

05:00 AM-07:00 AM

Share

Highlights on Off The Ball

Highlights on Off The Ball

07:00 AM-07:30 AM

Share

LIVE: OTB AM

LIVE: OTB AM

07:30 AM-10:00 AM

Share

Repeat: OTB AM

Repeat: OTB AM

10:00 AM-12:00 PM

Share

Leaders Questions with Stuart Lancaster

Leaders Questions with Stuart Lancaster

12:00 PM-01:00 PM

Share

OTB Gold

OTB Gold

01:00 PM-02:00 PM

Share

Highlights on Off The Ball

Highlights on Off The Ball

02:00 PM-05:00 PM

Share

LIVE: Wednesday Night Rugby

LIVE: Wednesday Night Rugby

05:00 PM-06:00 PM

Share

00:00:00 / 00:00:00

Share on