PSG Crowned French Champions As Season Finished Early Amid Coronavirus Crisis

Paris St-Germain have been awarded their seventh Ligue 1 title in eight years after it was announced the season would not resume because of the coronavirus pandemic.

PSG had a comfortable 12 points lead at the top of the table, with a game in hand, when French football was suspended indefinitely with 10 games left on 13 March.

With some clubs having played 27 games and others 28, the LFP drew the standings according to a performance index – the number of points per game weighed by head-to-head record.

PSG therefore ended the season on 2.52 points with OM on 2 and third-placed Stade Rennais on 1.79.

According to the standings, Marseille qualify for the Champions League group stage with Rennes going through a qualification playoff.

Earlier this week the French government cancelled the 2019-20 sporting season.

The club said they wished to dedicate 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”.

He continued: “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.”

Before the government’s intervention, French football’s governing body had been hoping to resume the season on 17 June.

PSG have been 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.

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