French Ligue 1 became the second European soccer league to cancel its season on Tuesday, joining the Dutch Eredivisie, which pulled the plug last Friday.

Ligue 2 also cancelled its 2019-20 season.

French prime minister Edouard Philippe announced that soccer will not be held until the fall.

“The big sporting affairs cannot occur before September,” Philippe said. “The 2019-20 professional football season cannot return.”

The French leagues had been suspended since early March because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

France is scheduled to lift a nationwide lockdown May 11 as both leagues were hoping to return to training shortly afterward.

Le Ligue de Football Professionnel is expected to meet next month to discuss what the cancellation means for the logistics of the league in terms of determining a champion, relegation and promotion, as well as the awarding of European places.

Paris Saint-Germain enjoys a 12 point-lead over Marseille, while Nimes, Amiens and Toulouse found themselves in the relegation zone.

Some other top Euro leagues hope to resume play. In Germany, the Bundesliga will perform in empty stadiums in May, pendng government approval.

In England, on the other hand, the Premier League has the backing of the government. The 20 EPL teams have scheduled a conference call on Friday to discuss options to complete the 2019-20 season remaining league matches. They could start in mid-June.

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