sport news The huge problems engulfing Ligue 1 after the season was cancelled

The decision to cancel the Ligue 1 season is threatening to cause chaos in French football, with unhappy clubs considering legal action and a financial crisis looming.

On Tuesday, French prime minister Edouard Philippe announced football games – even behind closed doors – will not be allowed before September. 

It led to table-toppers PSG being crowned champions, Marseille and Rennes being handed Champions League spots and Amiens and Toulouse suffering relegation, based on a points-per-game performance index.

Table-toppers PSG have been crowned champions after the French season was cancelled

 Table-toppers PSG have been crowned champions after the French season was cancelled

But while some clubs will be happy with the final league table, others have been left feeling like they've been robbed of the chance of both success and prize money.

Lyon claim they will be denied 'tens of millions of Euros' after missing out on a European place as it stands, while Lille, who have been put into the Europa League, can feel aggrieved that they won't get the chance to finish in the top three.

On top of the issues surrounding league positions and lost income, Ligue 1 are also facing a nightmare situation with their TV broadcast deal.

Here, Sportsmail looks at the major problems which have emerged in French football since the Ligue 1 campaign was brought to a premature end. 

THE THREAT OF LEGAL ACTION

French sports minister Roxana Maracineanu says angry clubs from Ligue 1 and Ligue 2 are welcome to explore legal options after a performance index - the number of points per game weighed by head-to-head record - decided the final league table.

'If they want to go to court, let them go,' Maracineanu told RMC Sport.

'The sports movement is autonomous... this is valid for professional sport and amateur sport alike. In this situation, there are some who are content and some who are dissatisfied.

'I appeal to everyone's solidarity and responsibility. I appeal to the wealthy and better off that they don't split hairs... we must also think of others and society. The world must know how to take its losses.'

French prime minister Edouard Philippe said football will not be allowed before September

French prime minister Edouard Philippe said football will not be allowed before September

Among the clubs considering their options are Amiens, who were one of two clubs, along with Toulouse, demoted to Ligue 2 after being placed 19th in the final table.

'It is an injustice because Amiens could not defend until the end on the pitch to remain in Ligue 1,' the club's president, Bernard Joannin, said in a Facebook Live broadcast.

'I'll fight with all the teams to assert our right, because I think this decision isn't right. We will wait for the minutes of the LFP board of directors.

'There will be the passage to the general assembly, and we reserve the right to go further so that justice passes.' 

Lille are another side unhappy with how the table has been decided, having missed out on a Champions League spot despite being just a point behind third-placed Rennes.

Club president Gerard Lopez told L'Equipe: 'In my opinion, freezing the season is just unacceptable. We have studied the question and found that 71 per cent of the teams have changed places over the last 10 games, so hence the idea of ​​a simulation.

'The freeze does not take into account who played against who, at home or away, and at what time of the season. We have played twice against Paris (for two losses), while Rennes, who are one point behind in the league, have only played them once. Is that fair?

'We can imagine a more scientific calculation model in which we would simulate the results of the last ten games, according to the points taken at home or away this season, to obtain a ranking after 38 games.'

With a number of clubs considering launching legal action focused on a loss of income, Ligue 1 - and potentially the French government - could be facing huge payouts if the aggrieved clubs are successful in court. 

LYON LEADING THE CHARGE

The strongest legal threat to Ligue 1 could come from Lyon (pictured, Memphis Depay)

The strongest legal threat to Ligue 1 could come from Lyon (pictured, Memphis Depay)

Perhaps the strongest legal threat to Ligue 1 could come from Lyon, who have been left raging by the decision not to complete the season behind closed doors. 

The French giants say they are considering seeking damages after finishing seventh in the table and missing out on both the Champions League and Europa League as it stands. They could still reach the latter if their Coupe de la Ligue final against PSG goes ahead and they beat 's men. 

In a statement on Thursday,

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