French court intervenes to suspend ‘relegation’ of Amiens and Toulouse to Ligue 2
A French national court has suspended Ligue de Football Professionnel’s decision to relegate Amiens and Toulouse following the premature end to the 2019/20 campaign.
The two teams occupied the bottom two spots in the table when the season was prematurely finished after 28 games and have subsequently argued that they were unfairly demoted to Ligue 2.
And the court decided on Tuesday that there was ’no legal footing’ that allows the LFP to relegate the two teams at this time.
The court recognised the difficulty of the decision, saying: "[There] is no serious doubt around the legality of this decision, which weighed up the advantages and disadvantages of an immediate stoppage of the season, when there was very great uncertainty about whether or not competitive action would be able to return in time.
"The LFP board of directors had to accept consequences from the pausing of the leagues.
"The judge validates the decisions made by the LFP, notably in terms of the final classification of the Ligue 1 table, which took into account that not all matches in the 28th gameweek were able to be played.”
But with that being said, the court also believe a decision cannot be reached at this juncture and therefore until at least June 30 both Amiens and Toulouse will still be considered Ligue 1 clubs.
"[The judge] suspends the relegation into Ligue 2 of Amiens and Toulouse," the court added.
"The LFP Board of Directors was not able to argue on sound legal footing their decision to relegate the final two clubs in the Ligue 1 table, attempting to use the grounds that their agreement with the FFF currently provides for a league size limit of 20 clubs.
"However this agreement ends on June 30 and a new one has yet to be signed."
Paris Saint-Germain were awarded the league title as they finished the season 12 points clear of second place Marseille.
Rennes claimed the third and final Champions League place in the French division, with Nice Lille qualifying for the Europa League.