Professional leagues worldwide are frantically deciding what to do with the rest of their seasons amidst the coronavirus pandemic. France took the most drastic option and canceled the rest of the matches. This decision gives Paris Saint-Germain the Ligue 1 championship by default, but the repercussions will be felt by everyone.
Was this the right direction for the organizers of the league to choose? And will leagues here in America look to follow their example?
Giving PSG the title is the least controversial consequence
IThe 2019-20 French football season was over when Prime Minister Edouard Philippe announced that no sporting events would take place until at least September. (The Netherlands made the same decision.)
This led to a lot of handwringing from French clubs angry that the season is “complete” after 27 or 28 games instead of the full 38. However, the destination of the championship trophy is the least problematic piece of the fallout.
Paris Saint-Germain received the title. Few are upset about this because PSG has long since made Ligue 1 a procession. Since being taken over by the entertainment arm of the Qatari government in 2011 — a business deal that’s only gotten more controversial over time — PSG has won the league every year except in 2012.
French soccer experienced this sort of dominance fairly recently. Olympique Lyonnais (commonly referred to as Lyon) won seven