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Coronavirus: PSG set to be crowned champions after Ligue 1 cancellation

Coronavirus: PSG set to be crowned champions after Ligue 1 cancellation
France’s top league, the Ligue 1 has been forced to be cancelled due to the Coronavirus pandemic

Thanks to this, Paris Saint Germain (PSG) will be crowned winners of the Ligue 1 2019/2020 season. This was announced earlier this week by French Prime Minister Edouard Philippe who added that the league would not resume until September.

At the time of the cancellation, PSG, who have now clinched their seventh title in eight years, were 12 points ahead of Marseille.

This decision means that Paris Saint-Germain, Marseille and Rennes will qualify for next season’s Champions League, while Lille, Reims, and Nice will be awarded Europa League spots.

On the other end of the spectrum, this looks like bad news for the football teams, Amiens and Toulouse, who will be relegated to Ligue 2 despite having 10 more matches to play.

Football team, Olympique Lyonnais, who was just one point behind 6th placed Nice (who made it to the Europa League) is disgruntled and are planning legal action as they do not feel like they were treated fairly.

“Olympique Lyonnais reserves the right to appeal against that decision and claim damages, in particular in respect of loss of opportunity and in the light of the case-law of other professional sports which is currently under way, since the damage to the club amounts to several tens of millions of euros,” they said in a statement.

Amiens, one of the relegated teams also felt they were not treated justly and have revealed via a Facebook Live broadcast that they will fight this decision.

“Injustice prevails. Amiens could not defend to the end, on the pitch, to remain in Ligue 1. I will fight with all the teams to assert our right, because I think this decision is not right. We will wait for the minutes of the LFP board of directors.

“There will be the passage to the general assembly, and we reserve the right to go further so that justice passes,” Amiens President, Bernard Joannin said.

This is coming as England’s Premier League has revealed opposite plans to resume the season on 12 June.