L1: Drought hits France, a decision falls

The drought is very present in France, and the clubs of Ligue 1 and Ligue 2 are invited to monitor it closely.

Raindrops are rare this summer, and France is inexorably short of water. Many departments are on drought alert, and increasingly drastic measures are being taken. All sectors of society are affected, and sport is no exception. In many departments, the watering of lawns is now prohibited, and this inevitably affects professional clubs in Ligue 1 and Ligue 2. While some clubs such as Laval have created rainwater recovery basins for watering the pitch, most elite formations now have to pay attention. The consequences will be visible this weekend, between inevitably dry lawns with the hot temperatures of the last few weeks, and fungi which can proliferate for lack of regrowth of the grass by these temperatures, as is the case in Montpellier.

Limited watering, is it possible?

As a result, the playgrounds will not be celebrating at the start of the season, and the League has decided to cancel its lawn classification until further notice. A classification which is still followed by the clubs, since it generates financial rewards, and even possible fines for very bad lawns. But the current priority goes to saving water, as the LFP has indicated. “ The Professional Football League invites the Ligue 1 Uber Eats and Ligue 2 BKT clubs and the Prefectures, which are the only decision-makers in the matter, to come together to study locally whether the most reasoned watering possible can be put in place. By consuming as little water as possible in order to preserve a minimum quality of the lawn, the objective is to guarantee a playing area ensuring the health of the players. β€œ, underlined the League, which knows that the holding of a very high level lawn necessarily requires intensive watering.

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