LEAGUES

Coronavirus: Amiens president plans legal action against Ligue 1 relegation

5 months ago
Share

Having been informed by the LFP they will be playing next season in Ligue 2, Amiens have vowed to fight for "justice".

Amiens president Bernard Joannin is planning to take legal action over the decision to relegate the club from Ligue 1.

Last month, the Ligue de Football Professionel (LFP) confirmed the final standings had been decided on a points-per-game basis after French Prime Minister Edouard Phillipe banned all sporting events in France until September due to the coronavirus pandemic, meaning a restart of the league was not possible.

The decision meant Amiens were relegated alongside Toulouse, with Lorient and Lens promoted from the second tier.

Joannin initially reacted to that announcement by saying Amiens reserved the right to appeal against the decision, labelling the ruling an "injustice" given then they still had 10 games left to play.

The club also urged fans to sign a petition in their bid to "seek justice".

Joannin, speaking at a news conference on Tuesday, has now confirmed he plans to take his challenge to the courts and is confident of being successful.

"We are fighting. This fight, we are fighting it against injustice," he said.

"We find this decision contrary to fairness in sport. It is a sanction decision by the League. I repeat, this decision is unfair. A championship is 38 games. 

"We are forced to go to court. The legal arguments are on our side. I am convinced that justice will prove us right. 

"We are determined to uphold sporting fairness, even if it has to go through the courts. It’s time that humanism and justice prevail over other interests."

Related news

Rumour Has It: Barcelona, Inter agreement for Lautaro 'imminent'

5 months ago

Real Madrid need Mbappe so he can follow in Ronaldo's footsteps – Cannavaro

5 months ago

Real Madrid need Mbappe so he can follow in Ronaldo's footsteps – Cannavaro

5 months ago

Rumour Has It: Madrid eye Skriniar as Koulibaly and Upamecano alternative, Newcastle want Bale

5 months ago

Neymar and Mbappe will continue at PSG amid COVID-19 crisis – Herrera

5 months ago

Coronavirus: Lyon plead for Ligue 1 resumption, contradict president Aulas over Juve date

5 months ago

Lyon president Aulas fears Depay exit after Ligue 1 decision

5 months ago

Thiago Silva could stay with PSG, claims out-of-contract defender's wife

5 months ago

Coronavirus: Ex-Toulouse boss Kombouare wants strike over Ligue 1 relegation

5 months ago

Rumour Has It: Real Madrid set Arsenal Aubameyang deadline, Barcelona poised to sign Pjanic

5 months ago

Coronavirus: Ligue 1 ended too soon, says Monaco's Fabregas

5 months ago

Rumour Has It: Liverpool in pole position to sign Koulibaly

5 months ago

Barcelona want Neymar again, says former assistant Moreno

5 months ago

Mbappe is capable of marking an era at Real Madrid – Emery

5 months ago

Mbappe wants prolific Ben Yedder honoured in top scorer trophy debate

5 months ago

Mbappe can emulate Ronaldo at Real Madrid and Haaland a 'good option' to replace Benzema

5 months ago

Camavinga welcomes Real Madrid links and says no agreement for Rennes stay

5 months ago

Rumour Has It: Barcelona offer Inter choice of six players in Lautaro deal

5 months ago

Mbappe awarded Ligue 1 golden boot after season is ended early

5 months ago