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Ligue 1 And 2 Seasons Won't Resume, French Prime Minister Says

On Tuesday, French Prime Minister Edouard Philippe confirmed that France’s top two tiers of football would not be able to resume the 2019-20 season. Philippe announced all major sporting events in the country will be put on hold until September.

FIFA Proposes Temporary Rule Change Allowing Up To 5 Substitutions Per Match

FIFA has proposed that teams should be allowed to make up to five substitutions per match, instead of the usual three, as a temporary measure to help cope with potential fixture congestion in the aftermath of the novel coronavirus outbreak. 

Football has been at a standstill since mid-March but many leagues and federations are still hoping to complete the season but to do so they would have to cram fixtures into a shorter period than usual once play re-starts.

Mbappé’s ‘Neymar-izing’ Annoys The Shit Out Of Former France Great Petit

Kylian Mbappé is one of Europe’s most talented players despite being just 21. But former France great Emmanuel Petit is growing increasingly annoyed with the young superstar.

Petit spoke with the RMC Sport’s Team Duga podcast this week and expressed frustration with the younger Frenchman, saying his Neymar-esque antics are growing tiresome, counteracting his incredible return of 90 goals in 120 PSG appearances.

Alexander-Arnold Avenges Loris Karius By Hammering Real Madrid’s Vinícius In Stay And Play Cup

Welcome to our wall-to-wall coverage of Day 2 of the FIFA Stay and Play Cup — it's the first four matches of the Round of 16!

If you missed yesterday’s play-in round, catch up on all the action here. Wednesday was dominated by Scandinavian clubs while Marseille, Valencia, PSV and Helsinki all ate it. 

Neymar's Mom Is Dating A 22-Year-Old TikTok Star

Neymar’s mother Nadine Gonçalves, 52, recently posted an intimate picture with her new boyfriend Tiago Ramos. Ramos is a gamer, TikTok person, model, and, oh, he's 22.

Nadine Gonçalves divorced Neymar Sr. in 2016 after being married for 25 years and raising Brazil and PSG superstar Neymar Jr.

Paul Pogba Desperate For Success And Feeling 100% After Injury-Plagued Season

Paul Pogba's stint on the sidelines has made him more determined to succeed on his return from a layoff for a foot injury, the Manchester United midfielder has said. Pogba's injury restricted him to eight appearances so far this season, but he was primed to return before professional football in England was suspended because of the COVID-19 outbreak. 

Five Of The Best Players To Come Through The Rennes Academy

When soccer fans think about the best youth academies in the world, some of the clubs that probably come to mind are Ajax, Barcelona, Bayern Munich, Manchester United and perhaps Dinamo Zagreb. 

While the academy of Stade Rennais may not often come up in that discussion, it has produced some extraordinary talents and often does not get the credit it is due. Rennes has produced World Cup winners and champions of leagues across the continent. Here are some of the best talents who started their careers in the capital of the famous region of Brittany.

PSG Raises $221K In 12 Hours For Hospitals With Inspiring Special-Edition Jerseys

Paris Saint-Germain has raised over 200,000 euros ($221,320.00) for local healthcare professionals battling the coronavirus outbreak with the release of a limited edition jersey, the Ligue 1 champions have said.

The shirt is a replica of PSG's current home strip but has the words "Tous Unis" (All Together) where the main sponsor logo usually sits and features badges pledging support to doctors.

The club confirmed on Twitter it had sold out a batch of 1,500 shirts via its online store on Thursday night, with all the proceeds going to Assistance Publique Hopitaux de Paris.

Summer Transfer Window 2020: How Will It Work?

Current contracts for players and coaches should be extended until the end of the delayed domestic soccer seasons, according to an internal FIFA document presented to its Coronavirus Working Group. The confidential document, seen by Reuters, also recommends allowing transfer windows to be changed in accordance with new season dates and urges clubs and players to work together to find solutions to salary payments during stoppages. 

Who Qualifies For Europe? Who Cares, Says French Football Federation President

French federation president Noel Le Graet urged the presidents of Lyon and Marseille to stop bickering about whether the Ligue 1 season should be declared null and void amid the coronavirus outbreak. The season has been postponed indefinitely as French authorities try to contain the spread of the coronavirus, which on Saturday had infected 4,499 and killed 91 people in the country. 

"I ask them to regain their composure... and to show dignity," Le Graet told French TV channel TF1 on Sunday. 

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