Wednesday, May 27, 2020

PSG Crowned Champions After Ligue 1 Cancellation

PSG is set to be named champions of Ligue 1 after the French top flight was brought to a premature end due to the coronavirus.

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French Prime Minister Edouard Philippe announced earlier this week that 2019-20 seasons would not be able to finish and that professional sport would not be returning to French life until September.

That left the question of how to resolve the Ligue 1 season with most teams having played 28 of their 38 games.

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But L’Equipe reporters are now stating that PSG will be declared champions, as they currently boast a 12-point lead over Marseille with a game in hand. The table’s current standings are expected to be adopted as the final standings.

The decision would mean that second-placed Olympique de Marseille and third-placed Stade Rennais would be in next season’s Champions League with PSG. Lille, Stade de Reims, and Nice would qualify for the Europa League.

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Amiens and Toulouse would be relegated with Ligue 2 leaders Lorient, and second-placed Lend, promoted to the elite.

The Dutch Eredivisie canceled their season without declaring a champion with Ajax and AZ level on points at the top of the table.

The Bundesliga and Serie A both harbor plans to finish the 2019-20 season and the Premier League is also hoping to resume on June 8, according to the latest reports.

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If that proves impossible due to the ongoing pandemic, then the Premier League will also have to take a view on title winners, relegation and promotion.

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