While the amateur championships have been at a standstill since the announcement of the second confinement on October 30, many clubs are disrupted. The cause? A circular from the French Football Federation (FFF), in agreement with the Ministry of Sports, sent on November 6. In this letter, it is indicated that “the teams made up mainly of sportsmen under contract will be able to continue to train with the training partners who are not under contract and coming to supplement the workforce of the team. A little later, it is specified: “The teams made up in a minority of sportsmen under contract will not be able to train with all their workforce, only the players under contract will be able to continue to train”.
Like a real paving stone in the pond, this missive seriously upset the small world of amateur clubs. Even Jamel Sandjak, the president of the League of Paris, seized the file by tweeting this Friday: “National amateur championships. Decisions are currently causing some inequity with regard to the possibility of training. Rich Clubs / Poor Clubs Would we replay the class struggle on the lawns? “
“This raises a lot of questions, especially that of fairness,” said a coach of N3
In fact, only one club in Ile-de-France could “legally” resume training. This is Fleury in National 2 with its 21 federal contracts. For others, it’s a little more complicated. “As long as we do not know the date of resumption of the championship, it is difficult to project, assures this coach of National 3, on condition of anonymity. I hope that we will give the clubs three to four weeks of preparation before resuming competition. In any case, that raises many questions, in particular that of equity. The clubs that can train will obviously be ahead of the others. “
In Sainte-Geneviève, third in Group A of National 2 before the stop, Emmanuel Dorado had a hard time accepting this situation: “It’s a totally unfair decision. I remind you that the N2 is supposed to be an amateur championship. With us, the players really are. They work during the day and train in the evening three times a week. We only have two federal contracts. We will be criticized for not having enough money to take more. It is as if, among the pros, we sanctioned clubs which have players with salaries below 10,000 €. “
The Essonnien coach still cannot believe it: “France is re-defined to allow caregivers not to be overwhelmed in hospitals. In this spirit, we closed the bars and restaurants. And are we going to allow some amateur clubs to train? “And to conclude:” Even if we had the right to resume training, we would not do it. Our priority is to protect our players and our families. Never in Sainte-Geneviève, we will take the risk of putting our loved ones in danger. I miss football but there are other priorities. We will do well one day, but now is not the time. “
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