The 2020/2021 Lique 1 season could feature 22 teams, with the French highest court ruling out the decision to relegate Amiens and Toulouse to the second division.

The French football season was cancelled in April due to COVID-19 and saw PSG declared champions with Amiens and Toulouse both relegated. It was however a twist and turn today as the Supreme Administrative Court in France ruled “no relegation” from the French top tier this season.

This means both Amiens and Toulouse will compete in Ligue 1 next season with 22 teams on parade in the top flight division.
Recalled that Amiens president Bernard Joannin had previously complained that LFP (French Football League) decision to relegate them and Toulouse “lacked humanity” as they were four points from safety with about 30 points still to play for though Toulouse were in a more dangerous position having lost 21 games out of 28 matches played.

His thoughts were matched today when the Judge on duty Bertrand Dacosta ruled out any form of relegation from Ligue 1.
“There is no serious doubt around the legality of this decision, which weighed up the advantages and disadvantages of an immediate stoppage of the season, when there was very great uncertainty about whether or not competitive action would be able to return in time.
“The LFP board of directors had to accept consequences from the pausing of the leagues.
“The judge validates the decisions made by the LFP, notably in terms of the final classification of the Ligue 1 table, which took into account that not all matches in the 28th gameweek were able to be played.”

Amiens president Bernard Joannin who received the ruling with joy said, “We are proud and honoured to have defended sports fairness before the highest administrative body which has seen a victory for football’s values.”

Meanwhile, Lyon’s hopes of getting a European spot was overturned by the National court. Lyon finished seventh on the log thereby missing out of UEFA club competitions for the first time since 1997 but complained of unfairness. Their appeal wasn’t successful as the court upheld the LFP earlier stance.

The French league body LFP has until June 30 to reconsider the 2020/2021 season league format.
With Lorient and Lens promoted from Ligue 2, a 22-team campaign is upon them.