Getty ImagesFrance’s highest court has suspended the relegation of Amiens and Toulouse from Ligue 1 but rejected an appeal that could have seen the 2019/20 season restarted. The key decision could see French soccer's top flight expanded to 22 teams next season, with the court ordering organising body the Ligue de Football Professionel (LFP) to reconsider its structure for 2020/21. The legal cases stemmed from the LFP’s decision in April to terminate the season with ten games left to play after the French government had said professional sport could not return before September. Olympique Lyonnais, who missed out on European qualification, launched an appeal and wanted to see the season resumed – a case perhaps strengthened when the French government subsequently announced cup matches can be played in July and August. Amiens and Toulouse had also appealed against the decision, which had condemned them to relegation. Mediapro’s Ligue 1 pay-TV channel gets Telefoot brandingIn its decision published on 9th June, the Council of State said there was 'no serious doubt on the legality of the decision' to curtail the season and said that the judge 'validates the terms defined by the league, in particular for the classification of the Ligue 1 championship'.
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