Amiens and Tolouse would’ve probably felt hard done by when the leadership of the French Ligue 1 decided to curtail the season with about 10 matches to go which meant that the bottom two teams would be relegated into the second tier.
Such fears were alleviated when a court ruling deemed the decision to relegate both Amiens and Tolouse to be unlawful and thus suggested that the league be extended to 22 teams for the 2020/2021 season to create room for the two teams.
However, the Board of Directors of the French Football Association (LFP) has unanimously decided against the extension of the league.
“The Board of Directors voted unanimously with the votes cast (23 votes for, 2 abstentions) a resolution proposing to the General Assembly to maintain the format of Ligue 1 at 20 clubs for the 2020/2021 season,” a statement on the LFP website read.
“This resolution was voted after an in-depth examination of the challenges of a Ligue 1 to 20, 21 or 22 clubs on the 2020/2021 competition calendar after having obtained the opinion of the joint committee of the FFF / LFP calendar, and the consequences on player health.
“This review also covered the financial impacts, the distribution of audiovisual rights as well as the contractual repercussions with Ligue 1 broadcasters.
“In accordance with the ordinance of the Council of State of June 9, 2020 and on the proposal of the Bureau of the LFP of June 19, the Board of Directors of the LFP convenes today a General Assembly of the LFP for Tuesday, June 23, 2020 in order to examine this resolution and to decide on the format of Ligue 1 for the 2020/2021 season.”