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Ligue 1 crown PSG champions despite canceled season

Good news for Liverpool?

Paris Saint-Germain v Liverpool - UEFA Champions League Group C Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images

Liverpool will be hoping that if the Premier League were to cancel the season — though right now we’re trending in the opposite direction, thankfully — that they would follow the French Ligue 1 model and crown Liverpool champions anyway, ending their hilarious 30-year-wait for a top flight trophy.

Earlier today, the French top division officially declared Paris Saint-Germain the champions, despite canceling the season with 11 games still left to play.

Hashtag-champions at home! Their third French title in a row after Monaco’s surprise triumph in 2016-17.

The determination was made on the basis of a points-per-game classification (to account for not all teams playing the equal number of games), and the fact that PSG were 12 points clear at the time football was suspended due to COVID-19. The points-per-game classification was also used to determine the two teams relegated from Ligue 1 (Amiens, Toulouse). In Ligue 2, similar classification was made on the final week 28 standings, including which two teams to promote from Ligue 2 (Lorient, Lens).

All of this is in direct contrast with the Netherlands, where the Eredivisie’s cancelation led to no title being awarded (sorry, Ajax!), but no promotion or relegation either.

Liverpool’s lead in the Premier League is even greater than PSG’s was in Ligue 1, so they will certainly be hoping that we can either finish out the season properly (they’ve practically clinched the title months ago), or that the Premier League will vote to give it to them anyway (unlikely, based on rumblings so far).

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