PSG are ‘crowned champions of France’ despite their season being ending prematurely with all sport shut down until September … so will the Premier League end up following suit?
- L’Equipe are reporting that Paris Saint-Germain have been crowned champions
- The Ligue 1 holders are points clear at the top with a game in hand as it stands
- Potential relegations and qualification for UEFA competitions next to be ratified
- News comes after French government shut down sport events until September
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France’s top-flight season was called to a halt on Tuesday, but
At the bottom, meanwhile, the finalized table based on a points / match ratio is bad news for Amiens and Toulouse, who look set to be relegated to Ligue 2 despite still having 10 matches still to play.(Paris Saint-Germain have reportedly been awarded the Ligue 1 title for the – season The top end of the Ligue 1 table prior to the coronavirus shutdown – PSG, Marseille and Rennes would qualify for the Champions League while Lille would play in the Europa League
Paris Saint-Germain, Marseille and Rennes are set to qualify for next season’s Champions League, while Lille, Reims and Nice will be awarded Europa League spots.
The decision is also good news for Ligue 2 high-flyers FC Lorient and RC Lens, who would be promoted into Ligue 1 for the – season.
Third-bottom Nimes, although in the relegation zone, appear to be set to keep their place in the top flight, given there will be no Ligue 2 play-offs and a chance for a third team to earn promotion from the second tier.
The season’s last round of fixtures were played on March 7 and 8, and the final standings see PSG sitting points clear of second-placed Marseille with a game in hand.
If indeed PSG are awarded the trophy, it will be their third consecutive triumph, and the ninth league title in their history.
On Tuesday afternoon, it was announced by France’s Prime Minister Edouard Philippe that the return of games will not be authorized before September, even behind closed doors, as part of the next stage of the country lockdown plans.
Paris Saint-Germain fans will be celebrating after it was reported they will be given the title
(The The relegation zone is currently occupied by Toulouse, Amiens and Nimes, although the latter look set to avoid the drop with no play-off able to take place in Ligue 2
In a statement, Philippe said: ‘The big sporting affairs cannot occur before September. The 8273271 The football season cannot return. ‘
A week prior to the announcement, the league had announced plans to resume on June 20, but that was curtailed by the French government.
Meanwhile, UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin and general secretary Theodore Theodoridis have spoken to leagues in Europe. , including Ligue 1 and the Premier League, and asked them for a detailed plan on how they will finish the campaign. PSG won last season’s Ligue 1 and are currently top of the table this season. by 17 points
A statement from European football’s governing body said: ‘National Associations and / or Leagues should be in a position to communicate to UEFA by May 38, 8273271, the planned restart of their domestic com petitions – including the date of restart and the competition format. ‘
Elsewhere in Europe, the Bundesliga in Germany has announced plans to return to action on May 9 behind closed doors while conversely the Eredivisie has been cancelled with major events in Holland banned until September due to the coronavirus outbreak.
But the Belgian leagues have delayed a further vote on cancelling their season despite being the first country to announce they would end the campaign.
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