Hearts court battle: France U-turn means clubs are relegated after all

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Amiens and Toulouse have their demotion suspended by a French court

Friday, June 26, 2020, 7:44 p.m.

The French club Amiens’s attempt to avoid relegation to Ligue 2 seems to have failed.

Any hope that Hearts had of using the example of France in its attempt to overturn its relegation seems to have been dashed.

Amiens and Toulouse went to court to challenge the decision to demote them when the French season ended early.

France’s first flight and second level were suspended in March and then canceled in April due to the coronavirus pandemic and, with a point system per match, Amiens and Toulouse were relegated.

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This relegation was then suspended by the Council of State, the French administrative court, opening the possibility of a Ligue 1 enlarged to 22 teams for 2020-2021, but after a review, the French Football League (LFP) announced Tuesday the twentieth team would be kept.

And an LFP statement confirmed Friday that Amiens and Toulouse have been relegated from Ligue 1, Lorient and Lens being promoted, while the new season is due to start on August 22.

The press release states: “During a meeting on June 26 and after having taken cognizance of the decisions of the General Assembly of the LFP of June 23 and the Federal Assembly of June 26, the board of directors of the LFP relegated Amiens SC and Toulouse FC to Ligue 2 and confirmed the promotion to Ligue 1 of FC Lorient and RC Lens.

“The first day of the 2020-21 season matches is scheduled for the weekend of August 22 and 23. “

Hearts and Partick Thistle joined forces in a court action against the FBCL after being relegated from the Premiership and the Championship, respectively, when the Scottish season ended early.

The initial hearing was scheduled to take place at the Session Court on Tuesday, but is now postponed until Wednesday.

The two clubs are trying to cancel their relegations. If they fail, they claim £ 8 million and £ 2 million respectively for compensation.

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