PSG are ‘crowned as champions of France’ despite the season being ended prematurely with all French sporting events shut down until September

Paris Saint-Germain have been crowned as the champions of France despite the season being ended early due to the coronavirus pandemic, according to reports.

France’s top-flight season was called to a halt on Tuesday, but L’Equipe are now reporting that PSG have been awarded the title for the 2019-20 campaign.

Any potential relegations are yet to be confirmed, with Nimes, Amiens and Toulouse currently occupying the three bottom places. It is understood that UEFA placings and relegations are the next to be ratified.

The season’s last round of fixtures were played on March 7 and 8, and the final standings see PSG sitting 12 points clear of second-placed Marseille with a game in hand.

If indeed PSG are awarded the trophy, it will be their third consecutive triumph, and the ninth league title in their history.

Marseille, Rennes and Lille are second, third and fourth respectively in the Ligue 1 table as it stands, but no decisions have yet been made with regards to European qualification for next season’s Champions League and Europa League competitions.

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On Tuesday afternoon, it was announced by France’s Prime Minister Edouard Philippe that the return of games will not be authorised before September, even behind closed doors, as part of the next stage of the country’s lockdown plans.

In a statement, Philippe said: ‘The big sporting affairs cannot occur before September. The 2019-20 football season cannot return.’

A week prior to the announcement, the league had announced plans to resume on June 17, but that was curtailed by the French government.

Meanwhile, UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin and general secretary Theodore Theodoridis have spoken to leagues in Europe, including Ligue 1 and the Premier League, and asked them for a detailed plan on how they will finish the campaign.

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A statement from European football’s governing body said: ‘National Associations and/or Leagues should be in a position to communicate to UEFA by May 25, 2020, the planned restart of their domestic competitions — including the date of restart and the competition format.’

Elsewhere in Europe, the Bundesliga in Germany has announced plans to return to action on May 9 behind closed doors while conversely the Eredivisie has been cancelled with major events in Holland banned until September due to the coronavirus outbreak.

But the Belgian leagues have delayed a further vote on cancelling their season despite being the first country to announce they would end the campaign.


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