Amiens ” League 1 relegation ‘is like a sword blow’

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Retrieved 02 May 2020, 16:58 IST

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Eminence coach Luca Elsner

Amiens coach Luca Elsner likened his decision to drop his team from League 1 to “hitting with the sword”.

The Ligo de Football Professional (LFP) announced Thursday its decision to end the 2019-20 season and set points on a per-game basis, with the coronavirus epidemic forcing French Prime Minister Edouard Philippe to ban sporting events until September. .

Paris Saint-Germain were given the title of League 1, but Amiens and Tools returned to the second tier and will be replaced by Laurent and Lens for the 2020-21 promotion.

Eredivisie became the first league at the end of its season this week, although it did not win the championship and the promotion between the top two levels was not canceled.

Amiens, Toulouse and Leon – who are in seventh place and will miss European football for the first time since the 1999–997 season if they did not win the Copa de France or the Champions League – all said they could launch legal challenges against the decision.

Elsner was utterly disappointed and assured Amiens would take “all possible means” to retain their Ligue 1 position.

“I’ve never played a push before I came to football,” Ellersner told Courier Picard.

“Normally, you’ll be in control of your own destiny and your performance in football, but I didn’t expect a decision so soon.

“It’s like a wound from a sword, it’s cut clean

He added: “In sports, the basic principle is that chances are equal at the beginning and they are equal at the end.

“Let the decisions be made on the pitch, but we can’t talk about sports equity when they aren’t.

“[Amiens intend] To fight against this decision with all possible courage. “