PSG crowned Ligue 1 champions following termination of season

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LFP officially announce that PSG are named Ligue 1 champions for season 2019-20following termination of the French season.

Paris Saint-Germain have been crowned Ligue 1 champions following the cancellation of the 2019-20 season, with Lyon missing out on a spot in the Champions League for the first time since 1997.

Earlier this month, the LFP (Ligue de Football Professionnel) outlined plans to restart the campaign in June with lockdown measures in France set to be lifted on May 11.

However, French prime minister Edouard Philippe insisted that such a scenario was impossible during a national assembly on Tuesday, while revealing that no sporting events will be allowed to take place until September at the earliest.

The announcement left several teams in Ligue 1 awaiting their fates regarding final positions, with PSG sitting 12 points clear at the top of the table having played a game less than second-placed Marseille.

Following a vote over how the league standings should be decided, the LFP confirmed on Thursday that Thomas Tuchel’s men are champions of France for a third successive year, while seventh-placed Lyon have failed to qualify for Europe’s premier club competition.

The classification has been established based on the average number of points each team has gained thus far in relation to matches played, meaning Marseille and Rennes have earned a place in the Champions League.

Elsewhere, Lille, Reims and Nice have booked spots in the Europa League after the French Cup and League Cup were cancelled, with Amiens and Toulouse relegated to Ligue 2 after being cut adrift at the bottom of the standings. Lorient and Lens will be promoted from Ligue 2.

France have followed the example of Belgium’s Jupiler Pro League and the Netherlands’ Eredivisie by calling off the season, and it has been suggested that the rest of Europe’s major leagues will take the same drastic steps in the coming weeks.

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