Paris Saint Germain named Ligue 1 champions

April 30, 2020
By: Daniel Orme
The Paris Saint-Germain Football Club was one of seven teams included in a $1 million shipment of counterfeit soccer apparel that U.S. Customs and Border Protection seized in Savannah, Ga., April 11, 2014 (USCBP Photo Handout/Nicole Byram)

Paris Saint Germain have been named Ligue 1 champions for the ninth time amidst the coronavirus pandemic.

Following the cancellation of the French top division, the governing body of the league elected to award the league crown to the Parisiens.

Before the suspension of the game, Thomas Tuchel’s men sat 12 points clear of nearest challengers Marseille, who alongside Rennes, claim a UEFA Champions League spot for the 2020/21 campaign.

Elsewhere, Amiens and Toulouse have become the two sides to be relegated to Ligue 2.

After having their ninth league title confirmed and their seventh since 2013, PSG paid tribute to all of the health care workers throughout France currently contributing to the fight against covid-19.

Nasser Al-Khelaïfi, Paris Saint-Germain Chairman and CEO, said to the club’s official website: “We would like to dedicate this 2019-2020 Ligue 1 title to healthcare staff and to all the everyday heroes on the front line whose commitment and self-sacrifice over many weeks have earned our deepest admiration.

“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.

“I would like to thank the players, the coach, the technical and medical staff as well as all the club’s employees for their tremendous work. This trophy is a reward for their hard work every day.

“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 Saint-Germain forward.

“I would also like to also thank all our partners for their loyalty throughout, and I look forward to being able to celebrate this title with all the PSG family when the conditions allow.”

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