French football stops its season and crowns PSG

Final whistle. French football followed the injunctions of the government on Thursday by deciding to end its Ligue 1 season definitively and by championing Paris SG, before any claims by clubs considering themselves injured.

Final whistle. French football followed the injunctions of the government on Thursday by deciding to end its Ligue 1 season definitively and by championing Paris SG, before any claims by clubs considering themselves injured.

(AFP) – The announcements of Prime Minister Edouard Philippe, affirming Tuesday, by presenting a plan of deconfinement of the country, that “the 2019-2020 season of professional sports cannot (it) not resume” because of health risks linked to the coronavirus , were “unambiguous,” summed up the president of the Professional Football League (LFP) Nathalie Boy de la Tour. Meeting two days later in the office and then in the Board of Directors, the LFP confirmed that it had taken “a firm and final decision”, putting an end to the last concerns of some and the ultimate hopes of others.

“The Lépine proposals competition is over,” said a member of the Board of Directors. In recent days, many proposals had flared, including the president of Lyon, Jean-Michel Aulas, supporter of play-offs to play in August who could have offered his OL, seventh in the standings during the suspension of the championship mid – March, a place for the Champions League.

(FILES) In this file photograph taken on December 19, 2015, a journalist holds a microphone with the logo of French first football division Ligue 1 and Canal Plus television broadcaster before the French L1 football match between Caen (SM Caen) and Paris Saint- Germain (PSG) at The Michel d'Ornano stadium, in Caen, north-western France. - The Professional Football League (LFP) and its broadcasters Canal + and beIN Sports announced April 24, 2020, an agreement for the payment of TV rights for L1 and L2 matches already played, which they had refused to pay until then. (Photo by Charly TRIBALLEAU / AFP)

“The 2019-2020 professional sports season will not be able to resume”: the government’s deconfinement plan largely showered the hopes of French football and rugby on Tuesday, rendering a recovery obsolete before the end of the summer.

But the mode of calculation of the classification retained by the League, and revealed by its executive director general Didier Quillot, is that which was recommended for the amateur championships by Noël Le Graët, the president of the French Federation (FFF): an “index performance ”based on a quotient“ number of points per match played ”.

PSG thus won its ninth champion title, equaling Marseille, one length from the AS Saint-Etienne record (ten crowns). Supporting Paris in the Champions League, OM, a good runner-up, will find its part in the group stage of C1, a qualification unseen since 2013 which will do good to its finances. While Rennes, third and qualified at least for the preliminary rounds of the European queen event, will have the opportunity to compete for the first time in its history.

For its part, Lille (4th), which hoped until the end to find a way to double the Bretons in the ranking via a different calculation method, will be content with the Europa League. Nice and Reims, which occupy the fifth and sixth places, are also on pole for the C3, in the case of figure where there would be no possibility of disputing the finals of national cups. But “the objective” is to organize them in early August, before the start of the 2020-21 season set “at the latest” on August 22 and 23, according to the LFP.

Recourse in sight

Finally, Amiens and Toulouse will be relegated and Lorient and Lens promoted from Ligue 2, the hypothesis of an L1 / L2 barrage having been ruled out, which suggests a wave of disputes before the sports and administrative justice, the regulations not covering the assumption of a truncated season. The injured clubs could take turns challenging the final standings, as some dissatisfied amateur teams have already promised to do for the lower divisions.

Thus, Toulouse FC, red lantern, “reserves the right” to file an appeal for lack of having been able to defend its chances to the end, he already indicated by the voice of its president Olivier Sadran. And Jean-Michel Aulas had brandished the same hypothesis on social networks a few days ago. “Perhaps there will be appeals, but in any case the decisions taken today by the Board of Directors are solid,” assured Didier Quillot. This final shutdown of the L1, the first of one of the five major European championships, is now putting pressure on its continental football neighbors, as UEFA pushed for the completion of national competitions this summer in order to also finish its Champions League, maybe in August.


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