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French show Premier League the way

Paris St-Germain have been awarded the Ligue 1 title after it was announced the season would not resume because of the current football hiatus. PSG were 12 points clear at the top of the table, with a game in hand, when French football was suspended indefinitely on 13 March. Earlier this week the French government cancelled the 2019-20 sporting season.

PSG have been awarded the title on a points-per-game basis (PPG), while Lorient have been crowned Ligue 2 champions on the same principle. They were just one point above Lens when the season was suspended and both teams will be promoted. Amiens and Toulouse from which Issa Diop was signed  will be relegated from Ligue 1.

Lyon – who were fifth a week before the last match day, but finished seventh – said they might appeal against the verdict.

Now set to miss out on a place in Europe next season, Lyon say they also “reserve the right to claim damages”, which the club say amount to “several tens of millions of euros”. “There might be appeals but our decisions are solid,” said Didier Quillot, the chief executive of the French League (LFP).

Quillot added the LFP had until 25 May to tell Uefa which clubs will be qualified for European competitions. That is the same day by which European leagues have to tell European football’s governing body whether they want to complete or cancel their seasons.

The Dutch top flight was abandoned on Friday with no promotion or relegation and no champions, while on Monday Belgian clubs postponed a vote on confirming the cancellation of their top flight until next week.

Claret and Hugh say

The French football authorities should be congratulated for taking a quick and sensible decision following the French’s government decision to continue a ban on sporting activity . They have opted for the Points Per Game (PPG) option which if applied to the Premier League and West Ham would make the Hammer safe on goal difference in 16th place.

The clock is now counting down for the Premier League to make a definitive decision, they have twenty four days to decide their plan known and communicate this to UEFA.  The Premier League members and stakeholders are virtually meeting today but are expected to kick the can down the road once more with no vote today to make a meaningful decision.



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About Sean Whetstone

I am Season Ticket Holder in West stand lower at the London Stadium and before that, I used to stand in the Sir Trevor Brooking Lower Row R seat 159 in the Boleyn Ground and in the Eighties I stood on the terraces of the old South Bank. I am a presenter on the West Ham Podcast called MooreThanJustaPodcast.co.uk. A Blogger on WestHamTillIdie.com a member of the West Ham Supporters Advisory Board (SAB), Founder of a Youtube channel called Mr West Ham Football at http://www.youtube.com/MrWestHamFootball, I am also the associate editor here at Claret and Hugh. Life Long singer of bubbles! Come on you Irons! Follow me at @Westhamfootball on twitter

One comment on “French show Premier League the way

  1. Surely the PL must realise this season cannot go ahead. The country is currently in lockdown. Why should PL clubs be allowed to commandeer ambulance cover over the general public or be allowed to break rules which apply to all other areas of society. The fairest way is to finish the season with no relegation. Promote those teams in promotion spots and play next season with 5 to be relegated. Sure teams in play off spots will moan but no system can be fair to everyone.

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