In the past few months, world football had received a massive blow from the novel Coronavirus pandemic. Along with a number of players, managers and staffs testing positive, all football fixtures, leagues, tournaments or events were cancelled or postponed all over the world as a precaution against the COVID-19 crisis. A couple of days ago, the 2019-20 Ligue 1 season became the first top tier European league to face cancellation, and today, the French heavyweights Paris Saint Germain have been declared as the winners of the current season.
On 13th March, the Ligue de Football Professionnel (LFP) had announced the suspension of Ligue 1 and Ligue 2 for an indefinite amount of time, as Coronavirus had found its way in France, which subsequent went under a lock down.
On the heels of the Prime Minister Edouard Philippe’s announcement of banning all sporting activity in the country until the month of September, the French leagues was cancelled on Tuesday, and PSG, the table-toppers have been crowned champions, their ninth Ligue 1 title.
The LFP decided the final league table standings on the basis of points won per match. The Parisians, who have secured 68 points from 27 matches, are 12 points ahead of 2nd position Marseille, who have played 28 games.
Amiens SC and Toulouse FC have been relegated to Ligue 2, which has also been cancelled. Nîmes Olympique will be heading for the Relegation play-offs, and FC Lorient will be promoted to the top flight from the 2nd division along with RC Lens.
Along with PSG, Marseille and Stade Rennais FC have secured their berths for the 2020–21 UEFA Champions League, and Lille OSC in 4th position will be heading for the next Europa League season.
“There is no ambiguity about this declaration. We needed to make a final decision about this season. We acknowledge that the 2019-20 season is over,” Nathalie Boy de la Tour, the President of LFP stated.
There have been more than 166,000 confirmed COVID-19 cases in France, and the death toll has risen to 24,087 which is fifth highest in the world.