Football Amiens start legal case after French Ligue 1 relegation – BBC Sport

Amiens start legal case after French Ligue 1 relegation – BBC Sport




Amiens players celebrate

Amiens have started legal proceedings for their “unjust” relegation after France’s Ligue 1 season was ended early because of the coronavirus crisis.

Paris St-Germain were awarded the title last month, with Amiens and Toulouse relegated, after the French government cancelled the 2019-20 sporting season.

Amiens were 19th in the table, four points behind Nimes and 10 points ahead of Toulouse, with 10 games to play.

Club president Bernard Joannin said they would fight the “unfair decision”.

He said in a news conference: “We find that this decision goes against sporting fairness. The decision is a punishment from the league. It is unjust.

“We have been forced into fighting, into going to court to try to overturn this unfair decision.”

Earlier this month, Amiens launched a petition asking that
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