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Ligue 1 steps to prevent COVID-19

Ligue 1 2019-20 season postponed - All you need to know about the league's measures to face COVID-19

April 30, 2020 By Ali M.
The Coronavirus pandemic has forced some major decisions in football, and here's how the French top-flight will try to fight its spread.

Coronavirus continues to take its toll on football, with several competitions coming to a halt due the vastly-spreading pandemic. The likes of La Liga, Serie A, and the Portuguese top-flight have suspended all matches in an attempt to battle the spread of this virus and Ligue 1 is no different, halting play in the French top-flight on March 13.

The World Health Organization recently declared COVID-19 as a pandemic, with the number of infected growing at alarming rate. No one is immune to this virus, with several figures in the beautiful game contracting the disease such as Juventus' Rugani, Chelsea's Hudson-Odoi, and Arsenal's Arteta. As a result, the LFP have decided to take action to protect the safety of the players, the fans, and the general public by postponing by suspending the first and second division.

Their statement read: "Following announcements by the President of the Republic in response to the health crisis linked to Covid-19, the LFP's Administrative Council unanimously decided on Friday 13 March to suspend the Ligue 1 Conforama and Domino's Ligue 2 championships immediately."

FAQ - How is the French league dealing with the Coronavirus pandemic

When will the Ligue 1 return to action?

As of now, it remains unknown when action will resume in the French top-flight. Ligue 1 announced on Friday, March 13 that all action would halt indefinitely in both the first and second division. Bookmark this article to find out when the 2019/20 Ligue 1 season will resume once it is confirmed by the LFP.

Will any games be played behind closed doors?

No. Although the initial decision was to hold games behind closed doors, league organizers have effectively suspended all games until further notice.

Who will win the league if the 2019-20 season is canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic?

This is the question on the minds of every fans, given that football has all but ceased in the European leagues. As is with the case with La Liga, Serie A, and the Premier League, there is talk of handing the title to the current leaders should the Coronavirus pandemic prevent the league from resuming. This means PSG would retain the title as they currently boast a 12-point lead at the top.

Another option, which has been brought up to great extent in the Premier League, is declaring the season null and void. No team would be declared the champions and no team would get relegated from or promoted to Ligue 1. Another option would be to stage a playoff but this would require the Coronavirus crisis in France to ease.

What are some of the top games not being played in the Ligue 1 after this decision was made?

  • PSG vs Nice on March 15, 2020

  • Lille vs Monaco March 20, 2020

  • Rennes vs Olympique Lyonnais on March 21, 2020

  • Nice vs Montpellier on March 21, 2020

  • Olympique Marseille vs PSG on March 22, 2020

Follow LiveSoccer TV for further updates on how all leagues in the world will deal with the coronavirus pandemic, and when they will return to action if that ends up happening.

UPDATE

The 2019/20 Ligue 1 season has been officially canceled. The French government banned all sports until September, forcing the LFP to end the current campaign prematurely. The French top-flight decided the final standings based on points per game played, meaning PSG were declared the champions and will be joined by Marseille and Rennes in next season's Champions League. Amiens and Toulouse have been relegated while Lorient and RC Lens have been promoted to Ligue 1.

Ligue 1 2019/20 final standings:

  1. PSG

  2. Marseille

  3. Rennes

  4. Lille

  5. Nice

  6. Reims

  7. Lyon

  8. Montpellier

  9. Monaco

  10. Strasbourg

  11. Angers

  12. Bordeaux

  13. Nantes

  14. Brest

  15. Metz

  16. Dijon

  17. St. Etienne

  18. Nimes

  19. Amiens

  20. Toulouse


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