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The Professional Football League (LFP) has declared that all games at the two top tiers will be postponed until further notice.

Authorities at France have followed the lead of European counterparts by announcing that all games in Ligue 1 and Ligue 2 will be suspended indefinitely amid the continuing concerns over coronavirus.

The outbreak of Covid-19 has forced schedules around the world to be evaluated.

Several have taken the decision to postpone down sporting events until further notice.

That is an approach now being favoured by French soccer, together with the Professional Football League (LFP) announcing a complete shutdown in operations across its upper two tiers.

A statement from LFP read: “Following the statements of the President of the Republic so as to answer the health crisis linked to Covid-19, the LFP Board of Directors unanimously decided this Friday, March 13 to immediately suspend the Ligue 1 Conforama championships and Domino’s Ligue 2 until further notice.

“As the President of the Republic pointed out yesterday, collective attention has to be put above everything. The urgency now is to curb the outbreak, protect the most vulnerable, and prevent displacement.

“At the close of the meeting scheduled by UEFA on March 17, the LFP Board of Directors will meet.”

Noel Le Graet, president of the French Football Federation (FFF), had declared on Thursday that all actions connected to his institution would be placed on hold.

He said on social websites in the wake of remarks from French President Emmanuel Macron where it was disclosed that all instructional facilities will be shutting their doors:”The statements by the President of the Republic has headed the French Football Federation to assume its responsibilities to be able to contribute unambiguously to stem the health crisis that is hitting our nation.

“Consequently, I want to announce this day the suspension of all of the activities and competitions managed by the Federation, its leagues and its districts, throughout the land.

“Thus, all of the male and female amateur championships, of all age classes, the numerous tournaments and rallies, the training and the action of soccer schools are disrupted as of tomorrow Friday, March 13, and until further notice.

“They will resume once the sanitary conditions allow it.”

French soccer joins its counterparts in Italy, Spain, the Netherlands and America in bringing a complete halt to football matters as the planet as a whole attempt to handle the threat of this coronavirus pandemic.