Meeting this morning, the Office of the Professional Football League made many decisions regarding the 2019-2020 season. The current exercise will therefore not resume and in Ligue 1, PSG was crowned champion of France. OM and Stade Rennais will go to the Champions League, while Olympique Lyonnais will not experience the joys of a European Cup next season.
In just two days, the 2019-2020 season has completely changed. Before the National Assembly on Tuesday, Prime Minister Edouard Philippe decided and ended the current exercise, since sporting events cannot take place before September. But there were still big points to clarify: on which day should the championship be stopped for the classification? Who will be crowned champion? Who will play a European Cup? So many questions that were therefore unanswered.
But this Thursday, the Professional Football League met to rule on all this. The final stop of the current season has therefore been validated, as explained by LFP president Nathalie Boy de la Tour and Didier Quillot, executive director general, during a press briefing. And decisions have been made regarding the rankings of Ligue 1 and Ligue 2.
Thanks to a quotient method, Paris Saint-Germain was crowned champion of France 2020, while FC Lorient won him the L2. Concerning the places in the Champions League, they are therefore for Olympique de Marseille and Stade Rennais.
Olympique Lyonnais deprived of European Cup
The finals of the Coupe de France and the Coupe de la Ligue BKT cannot be played at the moment (the LFP may be considering competing behind closed doors if the government authorizes it), so it is the LOSC, the Stade from Reims and finally OGC Nice which are likely to experience the Europa League in a few months.
Despite many proposals from Jean-Michel Aulas, Olympique Lyonnais, seventh before the end of the championship, will therefore have to do without a European Cup for the 2020-2021 fiscal year, unless his team beats PSG in the final of the BKT League Cup, if one takes place.
Bad news therefore for the Rhone club, but it is not the only one because other teams are relegated to it.
Stuck at the bottom of the ranking, Amiens SC and Toulouse FC will evolve next season in Ligue 2, while FC Lorient and RC Lens, placed at the top of the ranking of this L2, will find them the elite.
However, the LFP has decided not to compete in L1 / L2 play-offs this season. A blow for AC Ajaccio, but good news for the Nîmes Olympique. From now on, the LFP will have to validate all of this on 20 May during its General Assembly, before sending the complete dossier to UEFA five days later.