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Paris Saint-Germain chairman Nasser Al Khelaifi. Photo: Aurelien Meunier/Getty Images

Paris Saint-Germain chairman Nasser Al Khelaifi. Photo: Aurelien Meunier/Getty Images

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Paris Saint-Germain chairman Nasser Al Khelaifi. Photo: Aurelien Meunier/Getty Images

Uefa and French football have been left stunned by the surprise announcement that France has banned all sporting events until September.

It means Ligue 1 becomes the first major European football league that will not finish this season due to the coronavirus pandemic and throws into turmoil how the Champions League will be completed.

One of the favourites, Paris St-Germain, are already in the quarter-finals, but will not be able to train or play at home while Lyon are still in the competition and face a last-16 second leg away to Juventus. PSG chairman Nasser Al-Khelaifi responded by saying his club were prepared to play outside France.

"We respect the French government decision. We plan on competing in the Champions League with Uefa agreement wherever and whenever it is held," he said. "If it is not possible to play in France we will play abroad" (© Daily Telegraph, London)

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