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PSG ‘Crowned Ligue 1 Champions’ Despite Season Being Ended Prematurely

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Paris Saint-Germain has been crowned Ligue 1 champions after the season was ended early due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, according to French publication L’Equipe, in a major boost to Liverpool’s Premier League title hopes.

France made the call to end their top-flight campaign on Tuesday and L’Equipe are reporting that PSG has been awarded the title.

They were 12 points clear of second-placed Marseille when the season was called off by the government and had a game in hand over their rivals.

It is not yet known whether any sides will be relegated to Ligue 2, with Nimes, Amiens, and Toulouse facing an anxious wait over their top-flight future.

The title win will be PSG’s third consecutive triumph and they will likely qualify for next season’s Champions League.

Marseille, Rennes and Lille currently occupy the remaining European qualification spots but, as with relegation, no decision has been made about qualification yet.

UEFA have asked the leagues to decide who qualifies for the Champions League and Europa League, provided it is done on “sporting merit” and there is no “public perception of unfairness”.

A statement read: “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.

“In the event that a domestic competition is to be prematurely terminated for legitimate reasons… UEFA would require the National Association to explain by 25 May 2020 the special circumstances justifying such premature termination and to select clubs for the UEFA club competitions 2020/21 on the basis of sporting merit in the 2019/20 domestic competitions.”

The news that the Ligue 1 season would be ended was confirmed by French Prime Minister Edouard Phillippe, who announced that football would not be authorised to restart before September, even if it was played behind closed doors.

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