Lyon to appeal PSG’s Ligue 1 victory


French side Olympique Lyon say they will possibly appeal against the decision to declare Paris St Germain Ligue 1 champions.

Seventh-placed Olympique Lyonnais, were hoping to finish the season with playoffs when the season was suspended with 10 games left as part of French government’s measures to contain the spread of the novel coronavirus last month.

Olympique Lyonnais reserves the right to appeal against this decision and claim for damages,” OL said in a statement.

The LFP also crowned Lorient as Ligue 2 champions in a conference call after the standings were frozen after all teams had played 28 matches.

We have decided there would be two promotions and two relegations”, Didier Quillot, the chief executive of the French League, told a news conference.

It means Amiens and Toulouse will be relegated and Lorient and Lens will be promoted.

Lorient had 54 points after losing four of their last five games with Lens on 53, leaving third-placed AC Ajaccio (52) and fourth-placed Troyes (51) in Ligue 2.

There might be appeals but our decisions are solid,” Quillot added.

The new season will start on Aug. 22-23 at the latest, probably behind closed doors as popular events are banned until September in France.

If then playing without spectators is allowed, we will try to play the Cup finals (League Cup and French Cup) in early August,” said Quillot.

PSG are to play against St Etienne in the Cup final and Olympique Lyonnais in the League Cup final.