VIDEO SHOWS: FILE OF FRENCH SOCCER CLUBS
PARIS, FRANCE (FILE - AUGUST 16, 2019) (REUTERS - ACCESS ALL)
1. PARC DES PRINCES STADIUM, HOME OF PARIS ST GERMAIN, FRENCH LEAGUE LEADERS
PARIS, FRANCE (MARCH 10, 2020) (BORUSSIA DORTMUND HANDOUT - ACCESS ALL)
2. PLAYERS TRAINING IN EMPTY STADIUM UNDER SIGN READING (French): "PARIS IS MAGIC"
3. PARIS ST GERMAIN SIGN ON STADIUM ROOF
PARIS, FRANCE (MARCH 10, 2020) (PSG - MUST CREDIT PSG)
4. PSG PLAYERS JOGGING DURING TRAINING
LYON, FRANCE (FILE - APRIL 17, 2019) (REUTERS - ACCESS ALL)
5. LYON'S GROUPAMA STADIUM
6. VARIOUS OF STADIUM INTERIOR WITH EMPTY SEATS
MONTE CARLO, MONACO (FILE - MARCH 2015) (REUTERS - ACCESS ALL)
7. VARIOUS EXTERIORS OF MONACO'S STADE LOUIS II STADIUM
MARSEILLE, FRANCE (FILE) (REUTERS - ACCESS ALL)
8. VARIOUS OF OLYMPIQUE MARSEILLE'S VELODROME STADIUM
STORY: Stadiums in France will re-open to fans on July 11 as the country continues to lift measures imposed to contain the COVID-19 outbreak, the government said on Saturday (June 20).
A maximum of 5,000 fans, however, will be allowed in the arenas - a restriction that could be eased later in the summer with the new season due to start on the weekend of Aug. 22.
The French Cup and League Cup finals could now be played with spectators and fans will also be able to watch their teams play pre-season friendlies.
"A further review of the national epidemiological situation will be carried out in mid-July to decide whether a loosening is possible for the second half of August," the government said.
"Subject to a new assessment of the epidemiological situation, the start of the new school year may be marked by further easing of the restrictions."
The French Ligue 1 2019-20 season was officially ended on April 30 with Paris St Germain crowned champions.
It was the only one of the five biggest domestic soccer leagues in Europe to call off the season due to the coronavirus pandemic.
England's Premier League, Spain's La Liga and the German Bundesliga all resumed this month, and Italy's Serie A is due to restart later on Saturday.
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