Ligue 1: clubs vote to keep 20 teams

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French professional football clubs, meeting in a General Assembly, voted to keep Ligue 1 at 20 teams next season, the Professional Football League (LFP) announced on Tuesday.

The General Assembly of the LFP adopted by a majority of 74.49% of the votes cast the resolution proposed by the Board of Directors to maintain the format of Ligue 1 at 20 clubs for the 2020/2021 season, underlines the League in a press release.

This decision led to the relegation to the second division of Amiens and Toulouse who hoped to enlarge the championship to 22 clubs.

“This vote came after an in-depth examination of the sports challenges of a Ligue 1 to 20, 21 or 22 clubs on the 2020/2021 competition calendar and the consequences on the players’ health,” it said.

This examination also focused on the financial impacts, the distribution of audiovisual rights as well as on the contractual repercussions with Ligue 1 broadcasters, explains the same source.

Following this decision and at the end of the Federal Assembly of the FFF scheduled for the current 26, the LFP will meet on the same day a Board of Directors to adopt the general calendar of competitions for the 2020/2021 season.