Ghana international striker Abdul Majeed Warris has lauded the French government for cancelling the 2019/ 2020 French Ligue 1 as a result of the increasing spread of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Warris, who plies his trade with French 1 side Lorient, said considering the destructive nature of the pandemic and its devastating effect on society, the decision by the French government to cancel the French Ligue 1 was in the right direction.
On March 13, 2020, the Professional Football League (LFP) in France announced that all games in the two top tiers - Ligue 1 and Ligue 2 - had been suspended indefinitely due to the ongoing concerns over coronavirus.
On Wednesday, April 29, the French Prime Minister, Edouard Philippe, announced plans to ease the COVID-19 lockdown in France on Monday, May 11, 2020, but indicated that both the French Ligue 1 and Ligue 2 had been cancelled.
“It is very disappointing, to be honest, that they cancelled the league because it had been decided that we would not continue the season, but if you look at the other aspects, I believe that it is an important thing that they did.
“This is because if you look at what has happened abroad, people are losing their loved ones and families so it has destroyed everything. If you look at the safety side, I think it is the right thing,” he said in an interview.
The Tamale-born striker who was adjudged the Swedish Player of the Year in 2012 during his time with Allsvenskan after scoring 12 goals in the league, including five goals in a single match against IFK Norrkoping, was a player of Right to Dreams Academy at the age of 12.
Warris, who returned home when the French Ligue 1 was suspended following the outbreak of the pandemic, left Ghana at a tender age to play for lower division side Forest Green Rovers in England before joining Swedish side Allsvenskan in 2009.