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PSG Declared Champions As French League Confirms Season Over

Paris St-Germain have been declared French league Champions and awarded the Ligue 1 title.

This is coming after the government suspended large gatherings until September as a result of the ravaging coronavirus.

PSG was awarded the title on a points-per-game basis, while Lorient have been crowned Ligue 2 champions on the same principle.

They were just one point above Lens when the season was suspended and both teams will be promoted.

The French football league (LFP) formally ended its season after calling a board meeting on Thursday afternoon.

The crisis meeting follows this week’s announcement by the French Prime Minister, Edouard Philippe, that “professional sports leagues, notably football, cannot restart” because of the risks linked to the coronavirus pandemic.

Large gatherings remain banned with more than 24,000 people having died from the virus in France, one of the highest death rates worldwide.

“The league is following government directives, and the government has decreed that the leagues be stopped,” explained one board member, who added that “the season is finished”.

The season was suspended in mid-March with 10 rounds of matches remaining in the top two divisions.

PSG were top, 12 points clear of Marseille at the time and with a game in hand.

The club dedicated the title to healthcare staff and “all the everyday heroes on the front line”.

PSG chairman and CEO Nasser Al-Khelaifi added that French essential workers’ “commitment and self-sacrifice over many weeks have earned our deepest admiration”.

“We understand, respect and support the decisions taken by the French Government to end the championship. Health, as the government has always said, must be everyone’s priority.

“In these difficult times, I hope that this trophy will bring a little happiness and hope to all our supporters, and I am grateful to them for their unwavering support which helps drive Paris St-Germain forward,” he added.

Marseille and Rennes would also go into the next Champions League, with Lille in the Europa League.

Toulouse and Amiens would go down with Lorient and Lens coming up to the top flight.

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