Paris Saint-Germain are prepared to play their remaining UEFA Champions League games overseas if it’s not possible to do so in France, club president Nasser Al-Khelafi has said.
It was announced on Tuesday that the top two tiers of French domestic football would not be resuming after French prime minister Edouard Philippe confirmed the ban on all sporting events, including those that hold without fans until at least September due to the COVID-19 crisis.
The Ligue 1 leaders were 12 points clear at the top of the table with 11 games left. They were in pursuit of their seventh Ligue 1 title in 8 years. However, it remains to be seen if the title will be awarded or if relegations and promotions will be allowed. The Ligue de Football Professional (LFP) is expected to meet next month to make a decision.
Regardless, PSG are still in the Champions League after beating Borussia Dortmund 2 nil at the Parc des Princes to seal a place in the quarter-finals before football was shutdown. PSG president Al-Khelaifi admitted respect for the French government’s decision but noted they would find a way to play their UCL games overseas if necessary.
“We respect of course the French Government decision,” he said.
“We plan on competing in the Champions League with UEFA agreement – wherever and whenever it is held.
“If it is not possible to play in France we will play our matches abroad subject to the best conditions for our players and the safety of all our staff.”