Senior French government officials are lobbying for the Premier League to follow Ligue 1 and not restart, reports Le Parisien.

The Prime Minister of France, Edouard Philippe, announced on Tuesday that the season was over. No sporting events will take place in the country, even behind closed doors, until at least September.

Now France wants the other top leagues in Europe to follow their example. Minister for Sports, Roman Maracineanu, is said to have begun talks with European partners in England, Germany, Italy and Spain over this prospect.

So far only three major leagues in Europe have decided not to finish their 2019/20 campaign. As well as Ligue 1, that includes the top flight divisions in Belgium and the Netherlands.

Why Premier League ending could benefit Sheffield United

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As things stand, the Premier League is hoping to return during the second weekend in June. Many clubs have gone back to training this week, including Sheffield United.

However, BBC Sport reports football’s governing body in France also wanted to return in June, before the government’s decision put an end to that. The remaining European leagues now have until May 25 to tell Uefa if they plan to finish their season or not.

If the campaign is cut short, decisions then have to be made on final standings. Ligue 1 has caused some controversy by deciding to determine the final table on a points-per-game basis.

This saw Paris Saint-Germain – 12 points clear of second-placed Marseille when fixtures were suspended – crowned champions. The Telegraph reports that Lyon, who missed out on qualification for Europe, are considering a challenge. As are relegated sides Toulouse and Amiens.

Yet while many in England would also be unhappy with a similar outcome, the Blades would come out of it well. Currently seventh with 43 points from 28 fixtures, a points-per-game system would see them finish sixth.

This would mean United would qualify for the Europa League for next season.

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