Paris St Germain have been awarded their seventh Ligue 1 title in eight years after the season was ended amid the COVID-19 disaster, the French League (LFP) mentioned on Thursday.
PSG had a snug 12-point lead over second-placed Olympique de Marseille when the season was suspended with 10 video games left as a part of French authorities’s measures to comprise the unfold of the novel coronavirus final month.
With some golf equipment having performed 27 video games and others 28, the LFP drew the standings based on a efficiency index – the variety of factors per recreation weighed by head-to-head file.
PSG due to this fact ended the season on 2.52 factors with OM on 2 and third-placed Stade Rennais on 1.79.
In line with the standings, Marseille qualify for the Champions League group stage with Rennes going by a qualification playoff.
The LFP additionally topped Lorient as Ligue 2 champions in a convention name after the standings had been frozen in any case groups had performed 28 matches.
“We now have determined there can be two promotions and two relegations”, Didier Quillot, the chief government of the French League, advised a information convention. It means Amiens and Toulouse will likely be relegated and Lorient and Lens will likely be promoted.
Lorient had 54 factors after shedding 4 of their final 5 video games with Lens on 53, leaving third-placed AC Ajaccio (52) and fourth-placed Troyes (51) in Ligue 2.
“There is likely to be appeals however our choices are stable,” Quillot added.
“We perceive, respect and help the choices taken by the French authorities to cease the league. Well being, as the federal government has all the time mentioned, have to be a precedence for all of us,” PSG president Nasser al Khelaifi, who devoted the title to the caregivers concerned in preventing COVID-19, mentioned in a press release.
“I wish to thank the gamers, the coach, the sporting and medical employees in addition to all the staff of the membership for his or her nice work. This trophy rewards their each day dedication,” he added.
The brand new season will begin on Aug. 22-23 on the newest, in all probability behind closed doorways as well-liked occasions are banned till September in France.
“If then enjoying with out spectators is allowed, we’ll attempt to play the Cup finals (League Cup and French Cup) in early August,” mentioned Quillot.
PSG are to play in opposition to St Etienne within the Cup last and Olympique Lyonnais within the League Cup last.
The finals’ outcomes might have an effect on who joins fourth-placed Lille within the Europa League, though UEFA laws state that leagues should say who’s certified by Might 25 on the newest.
The LFP’s announcement ended weeks of speculations and rows between membership presidents.
“French soccer didn’t emerge higher from this disaster,” LFP president Nathalie Boy de la Tour mentioned.