Paris St- Germain has been awarded the Ligue 1 title after it was declared that their season would not resume because of the coronavirus pandemic. PSG were 12 points clear at the top of their table with a game in hand when the league was suspended indefinitely on 13 March. Earlier this week, it was the French government that came out to announce that the sporting season for this year was to be cancelled.
The club stated that they wanted to dedicate the title to the healthcare staff within their club and all the heroes on the front line serving all people suffering from the deadly symptoms of coronavirus.
PSG Chairman’s remarks
The CEO Nasser Al-Khelaifi added that French essential workers’ “commitment and self-sacrifice over many weeks have earned our deepest admiration”. He added that he understood and respected the decisions of the French government as the health of the nation take the utmost priority. He continued: “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 dive Paris St- Germain forward.”
A lot of teams in the French league have put forward their complaints as certain teams have been stripped the chance to fight for certain spots in the league. For example, Lyon – who were fifth a week before the last match day, but finished seventh – said they might appeal against the verdict. A lot of other teams and leagues are looking at their options moving forward as they want to find a solution in this time of peril.
The Dutch top flight was also abandoned on Friday with no promotion or relegation and no champions, despite Ajax being projected to win the title. Decisions are still being made and sorted out in this time of confusion.