Paris Saint-Germain was crowned champion of France despite the early end of the season due to the coronavirus pandemic, reports said.
France’s top flight season was interrupted on Tuesday, but The team now report that PSG won the title of the 2019-2020 campaign.
Any potential relegation remains to be confirmed, Nîmes, Amiens and Toulouse currently occupying the first three places. It is understood that the UEFA rankings and relegations will be the next to be ratified.
Paris Saint-Germain would have received the title of Ligue 1 for the 2019-20 season
The top of the Ligue 1 table before the coronavirus shutdown – PSG, Marseille and Rennes would qualify for the Champions League while Lille would play in the Europa League
The last round of the season took place on March 7 and 8, and the final ranking sees PSG 12 points ahead of Marseille second with a match in hand.
If indeed PSG wins the trophy, it will be their third consecutive triumph, and the ninth title of champion in their history.
Marseille, Rennes and Lille are respectively second, third and fourth in the Ligue 1 table, but no decision has yet been made on the European qualification for next season’s Champions League and Europa League competitions .
Tuesday afternoon, French Prime Minister Edouard Philippe announced that the return of the matches would not be authorized before September, even behind closed doors, as part of the next stage of the country’s foreclosure plans.
Paris Saint-Germain fans will celebrate after it was announced that they will receive the title
The relegation zone is currently occupied by Toulouse, Amiens and Nîmes, while Saint-Etienne, Dijon, Metz and Brest would be sheltered from the decline
In a statement, Philippe said: “Big sporting affairs cannot happen before September. The 2019-2020 football season cannot return. “
A week before the announcement, the league had announced plans to resume on June 17, but this had been limited by the French government.
Meanwhile, UEFA President Aleksander Ceferin and Secretary General Theodore Theodoridis have spoken to European leagues, including Ligue 1 and the Premier League, and asked them for a detailed plan on how they will end the campaign.
PSG won Ligue 1 last season and is currently leading the standings this season by 12 points
Philippe announced the cancellation of the season at the National Assembly in Paris
A statement from European football’s governing body said: “National associations and / or leagues should be able to communicate to UEFA by 25 May 2020 the expected restart of their national competitions – including the date restart and format of the competition. “
Elsewhere in Europe, the Bundesliga in Germany announced its intention to resume its activities on May 9 behind closed doors while on the contrary the Eredivisie was canceled with major events in Holland banned until September due to the coronavirus epidemic.
But the Belgian leagues have delayed a new vote on the cancellation of their season although they are the first country to announce the end of the campaign.
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