Paris Saint-Germain crowned Ligue 1 champions despite scrapping of season

Paris Saint-Germain have been handed the Ligue 1 title despite the 2019/20 season coming to a premature end.

Football in France is off for the foreseeable future following the prime minister’s announcement that ‘big sporting affairs cannot occur before September’ earlier this week.

Les Parisiens had a 12-point lead and a game in hand on second-placed Marseille, so were likely to win the league had the season carried on as normal.

And their status has officially been confirmed with Ligue de Football Professionnel formally announcing them as champions.

They will play in next season’s Champions League, as will Marseille and Rennes, who were placed second and third respectively.

Lille, Reims and Nice have qualified for next season’s Europa League.

The new standings see Amiens and Toulouse relegated, while FC Lorient and RC Lens have been promoted from Ligue 2.

However, third-bottom Nimes seem to have escaped the drop as it’s unlikely a Ligue 2 play-off will be arranged.

The ruling doesn’t fall into line with the Dutch Eredivisie with their 2019/20 season has been declared null and void, meaning there will be no champions and no relegation.

But it heavily falls in line with UEFA’s request to decide qualification spots ‘on sporting merit’.

This could be a big boost for Premier League leaders Liverpool, who are 25 points clear at the top of the table.

There are hopes football in England can resume in June but it’s hard to say if this will happen as coronavirus is a constantly evolving issue.

In Germany, sides are already back at work but await government approval with an update from chancellor Angela Merkel expected next week.

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