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OMG! French Ligue 1 Set For Return Despite Ending Season

The French Ligue 1 might be making a return despite ending season prematurely and named PSG champions, MySportDab reports.

Ligue 1 could resume with playoffs before August 2 despite the fact the season has been voided, says UEFA.

French prime minister Edouard Philippe announced the cancellation of all sporting activities across the country on April 28.

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Amid the ongoing fight against the coronavirus pandemic, the French Ligue 1 had to be concluded prematurely.

Football authorities subsequently voided the 2019/20 campaign, with final positions in both Ligue 1 and Ligue 2 decided on a points per game basis.

Paris Saint-Germain were crowned French champions for a third successive year.

Having already established a 12 point lead at the top of the league table when the action was stopped in March.

Marseille and Rennes both earned a place in the Champions League after finishing second and third respectively.

Seventh placed Lyon missed out on European football completely for the first time since 1996.

The cancellation of proceedings also saw Amiens and Toulouse relegated to the lower division.

Lyon have joined the two clubs in vowing to fight the final decision in the courts as they don’t agree with the decision of the FA.

Lyon president Jean Michel Aulas has publicly voiced his intention to sue the French state in order to get the season restarted.

UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin has now responded by clearing the path for such a scenario to take place.

Ceferin wrote in an official UEFA communication on Friday;

“We would first of all like to clarify that it is the competence of national associations to decide on the format of their domestic competitions.

In particular by taking into account the circumstances and restrictive measures specific to the country.

“As mentioned by UEFA a few weeks ago, the French authorities’ decision to cancel the season was taken relatively early.

“Nevertheless, and provided that the national associations are able to coordinate with the competent national authorities a potential restart of domestic competition.

August 2, 2020, would be an appropriate date to end the domestic competitions.”

A number of players and experts have criticised the decision to end the Ligue 1 season prematurely.

PSG winger Angel Di Maria the latest to insist that greater patience should have been shown.

An easing of lockdown measures allowed the German Bundesliga resumed on May 18.

While the Premier League and La Liga set to follow suit in England and Spain later this month.

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Di Maria doesn’t understand why France didn’t take the same approach, as he told L’Equipe.

“Like many, I think we rushed to make such a decision.

From what we can see, France is today one of the countries where the health situation is the most favourable, and yet everything has been totally stopped for good.”

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