At the start of May, the French officials decided that it was time for the French league to be cancelled and places be awarded on how the current table stood despite ten games still to be played. With other countries deciding to keep delaying their league decisions, the French have stuck to their guns around their own decision. However, have they done the right thing by awarding the league places as it stands?
France has been heavily affected by the coronavirus and have suffered 27,000 deaths in the country. With the country, like most of the globe, experiencing a lockdown situation the French Professional Football League (LFP) decided that now was the time to get the league situation sorted rather than leave a seed of doubt in many people’s heads.
League leaders Paris Saint Germain had a 12-point lead over 2nd placed Marseille and have been crowned champions for the 7th year in a row. It did look likely that PSG would go on to win the title once again and there are not many disputes surrounding the decision to award them the championship despite it not been mathematically impossible for Marseille to catch up.
Lyon and Amiens are just two clubs to lodge appeals to the LFP as they both have different reasons to want the league either to be null and voided or just delayed to a later date. Lyon, who are 7th in the league, feel they are still within a chance of securing a European spot as they try to make up a 9-point deficit against Lille. However, a European spot is vital to keeping certain players at the club and keeping the cash flow going to keep the club afloat.
On the flip side, Amiens have lodged a complaint because they are in a relegation position. However, are they in no way relegated with just 7 points separating them and Saint Etienne who occupy the final safe space in the league.
It is not just the top league that has been decided but also the two leagues below it. The decision has been incredibly controversial in Ligue 2 as Lorient were crowned champions even though they only had a one-point lead over Lens.
Players such as Cesc Fabregas have also questioned the decision but fully understand why the LFP have done it.
Ultimately, the safety of the players and their families is paramount so you can understand why the LFP have done what they have done, especially given the French sports minister stated no sport would take place in the country until September.