France Ligue 1 season is cancelled

France Ligue 1 season is cancelled

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French Ligue 1 becomes first league in Europe’s top five to have 2019/20 season cancelled.

The French government has resisted attempts to restart the season as they are set to announce a ban on all football until August.

The LFP are planning to meet in May to decide on how the tables for this season should be defined and which teams will be promoted and relegated.

They will also decide who will be given European places at the same meeting and if PSG will be crowned champions.

PSG, Marseille and Rennes occupy the Champions League spots in Ligue 1, while Lille would be set for a place in the Europa League.

It was reported last week that the LFP are categorically against voiding the season and therefore those placings are likely to be used to decide European qualification.

Nimes, Amiens and Toulouse are in the relegation zone – with basement boys Toulouse a huge 17 points off safety.

In Ligue 2, Lorient and Lens are in the automatic promotion spot but there is a gap of just four points between the team top of the league and Clermont in fifth.

Football’s resumption has been viewed as secondary to matters involving tourism and catering in France.

The news comes as it emerges that PSG players have rejected a pay cut, with wage negotiations stalling between the board and the dressing room.

The president of the French scientific council on coronavirus, Jean-Paul Delgraissy, was completely against the resumption of football in the near-future.

‘The answer for the moment is no, since all the places where there can be a significant public will not be open from May 11,’ he said.

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‘We give ourselves a few weeks. We are watching what is happening.’

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