French court rejects Lyon's appeal to overturn season curtailment

10 June 2020

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Photo: PA Images The court supported the LFP's decision to determine the final placings on points-per-game average, but also recommended it reviewed the format for next season, potentially meaning 19th placed Amiens and 20th placed Toulouse could avoid relegation. 

France's highest administrative court says there is "no serious doubt on the legality" of the French league's (LFP) decision to call off the season.

However, the court has asked the LFP to review the format of next season, meaning Amiens and Toulouse could avoid relegation.

Emil Gjerding Nielson nielson@offthepitch.com

France's highest administrative court, the Counseil d'Etat, has ratified the French Football League's (LFP) decision to curtail the season due to the coronavirus pandemic, marking the end of Lyon president Jean Michel-Aulas' battle to have it overturned. 

Michel-Aulas has repeatedly criticised the decision which he claims would have damaging financial consequences for French football and earlier this year brought forward a legal claim against the LFP, whose resolution meant Lyon ended the season in seventh.

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