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FRENCH SPORT - Seasons Ended

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Football's Ligue 1 and rugby's Top 14 competitions have been closed early after the Govermnment in France banned all sporting events, including behind closed doors, until September.

French football's governing body had hoped to resume the season in June and finish the campaign a month later, while the rugby authporitioes had hoped to finish in August.

It is not yet known whether the seasons will be abandoned  with no promotion or relegation and no champions or base the outcome of the campaign on current standings.

Defending Ligue 1 champions Paris St Germain were 12 points clear of Marseille with 10 rounds of matches and one outstanding fixture left to play.

Bordeaux were eight points ahead of Lyon in the Top 14 ith nine rounds left, plus the play-offs.

it is also unclear what affect the decisoon will have on the postponed 2019/20 pan-European cup competitions in both sports, with French clubs heavily involved.