Troyes have become the 10th club purchased by the City Football Group (CFG).

CFG owns Manchester City and is backed by the Abu Dhabi United Group, which was formed to buy the Premier League outfit in 2008.

The group also has stakes in New York City, Melbourne City, Yokohama F Marinos, Montevideo City Torque, Girona, Sichuan Jianiu, Mumbai City and Lommel SK.

Its latest acquisition is Troyes, who finished fourth in Ligue 2 last season.

The French outfit have bounced between the top two tiers in recent seasons, most recently suffering relegation in 2018, having played in the UEFA Cup - now the Europa League - after the turn of the century.

Troyes were reportedly the subject of interest from Olympiakos and Nottingham Forest owner Evangelos Marinakis earlier this year.

CFG managing director Ferran Soriano said: "We have been interested in French football for some time and have long admired ESTAC.

"We are therefore delighted to have completed the acquisition of our 10th club and to have a permanent presence in France.

"This is an important milestone for City Football Group, which proves that our model continues to adapt and develop in a relatively short period of time."

France coach Didier Deschamps has backed the decision to end the 2019-20 Ligue 1 season amid the coronavirus pandemic, insisting others are only resuming due to financial reasons.

Following guidance from the government, the Ligue de Football Professionnel (LFP) made the decision to prematurely end the Ligue 1 campaign and decide the final standings by virtue of points per game at the end of April.

Some clubs have threatened to take legal action, while Lyon and their president Jean-Michel Aulas have been particularly vocal in their displeasure, urging the decision to be overturned following the resumption of the Bundesliga and confirmation that LaLiga can continue next month.

Serie A and the Premier League could also recommence in June, meaning Ligue 1 will be the only one of Europe's top five leagues to not be concluded on the pitch.

But Deschamps believes the French authorities have made the correct decision, highlighting inconsistencies with certain protocols in Germany and suggesting monetary concerns are behind LaLiga and the Premier League returning.

"I don't want to judge, to condemn, to blame," he told Le Parisien. "The containment conditions are not the same for everyone.

"I have watched the Bundesliga since the resumption of matches in Germany. It certainly looks like soccer. I'm not going to talk about the pace or intensity of the meetings, but some images seem so incoherent to me.

"I see players playing a game with all the elements specific to football: namely contact and tackles. And then, we see in the stands masked substitutes two metres away from each other.

"Honestly, I don't understand. They are in the same enclosure, likely to come into play at any time. In the stands, is the risk increased? What an inconsistency. I do not like it.

"Life resumes with a lot of restrictions in all areas. In football, the resumption of certain championships obviously responds, first of all, to an economic problem.

"Look at the decisions made in Spain and England. These two major football countries are planning the resumption of LaLiga and the Premier League, but they have decided not to resume the women's championships, which generate much less revenue. That says everything."

Deschamps, who is contracted to be France coach until the end of the 2022 World Cup, is also concerned players in the leagues that have resumed are not prepared enough, and the risk of injury will be increased.

"It worries me. Whether you are a coach or president of a club, we all have interests specific to our function," he continued. "The physical integrity of my players is my main concern.

"Some abroad will resume competition without having carried out full preparation. No matter how much you say, such a stop requires six weeks of refresher training with at least five friendly matches. That's far from being the case.

"They will chain matches every three days in summer, with high temperatures. The risk of injury is increased. I was already denouncing very busy calendars. It will not work out and it looks even more sensitive with very few breaks."

Arsene Wenger has warned about the motives of foreign investors in French football, suggesting a commission should be set up to ensure they are not solely seeking to make money. 

Former Arsenal boss Wegner, who now works as FIFA's chief of global football development, believes an increase in purchases from overseas sources can have a negative effect on the game if not monitored closely. 

Marseille, Bordeaux and Le Havre all have American owners, while Toulouse – who were relegated to Ligue 2 following the decision to abandon the 2019-20 top-flight campaign – are in talks with an investment firm out of the United States. 

In the Premier League, Newcastle United are expected to be purchased by a Saudi Arabia-backed consortium. 

Wenger believes a process needs to be implemented to ensure "football culture" is not eroded away by those with eyes only on finances. 

"Unfortunately, I think today we are witnessing a reverse phenomenon," Wenger told beIN SPORTS. 

"For example, if you take French clubs, they gradually fall into the hands of people who are not real builders for the future of the club, but rather investors who seek to earn money very quickly. 

"We can see in France today there are a lot of problems at this level because the clubs are dissatisfied, the supporters feel that the primary goal is not to build a good team but to achieve financial game. 

"Perhaps we should create a Club Purchasing Ethics Commission to see what the real intentions of the people who buy our clubs are. 

"You can't squander a country's football culture just for financial reasons."

Ligue 2 will adopt a 22-team competition next season following the coronavirus pandemic, the Professional Football League (LFP) decided on Wednesday.

There will be two additional teams in France's second tier in 2020-21, with Le Mans and Orleans remaining in Ligue 2 and Pau and Dunkerque moving up from the third division.

Last month, the LFP declared Paris Saint-Germain champions of Ligue 1 after ending the 2019-20 campaign prematurely due to COVID-19.

The final standings had been decided on a points-per-game basis after French prime minister Edouard Philippe said the season could not restart due to all sporting events being banned until September amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Amiens and Toulouse were relegated to Ligue 2 through just 28 matches, while Lorient and Lens were promoted.

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."

Amiens coach Luka Elsner has likened the decision to relegate his team from Ligue 1 to "a blow from a sword".

The Ligue de Football Professionnel (LFP) announced on Thursday its decision to finish the 2019-20 season and determine the standings on a points-per-game basis, with the coronavirus pandemic having forced French prime minister Edouard Philippe to ban sporting events until September.

Paris Saint-Germain were awarded the Ligue 1 title, but Amiens and Toulouse were relegated to the second tier and will be replaced by Lorient and Lens for the 2020-21 campaign.

The Eredivisie became the first league to call an end to its season this week, though it crowned no champions and promotion and relegation between the top two tiers was cancelled.

Amiens, Toulouse and Lyon – who finished seventh and will miss out on European football next season for the first time since 1996-97 unless they win the Coupe de France or Champions League – have all stated they could launch legal challenges against the decision.

Elsner was left thoroughly disappointed and assured Amiens will take "all possible recourse" to retain their Ligue 1 status.

"I have never experienced a jolt like this since I've been in football," Elsner told Courrier Picard.

"Generally, you are in control of your own destiny and your performances in football, but I did not expect such a quick decision.

"It's like a blow from a sword, it's cut clean. I'm flabbergasted."

He added: "In sport, the basic principle is that the chances are equal at the start and they are equal at the finish.

"Let the decisions be made on the pitch, but when they aren't we cannot talk about sporting equity.

"[Amiens intend] to fight against this decision with all possible recourse."

Amiens have declared they reserve the right to appeal against the decision to bring the Ligue 1 season to a premature end and relegate them to Ligue 2.

The Ligue de Football Professionnel (LFP) announced on Thursday the final standings had been decided on a points-per-game basis after French prime minister Edouard Philippe said the 2019-20 campaign could not restart due to all sporting events being banned until September amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Amiens were consequently demoted to the second tier along with Toulouse, while Paris Saint-Germain were crowned as champions.

Lorient were awarded the Ligue 2 title and, along with Lens, promotion to the top flight for the 2020-21 season, which it is hoped can get under way behind closed doors on August 22/23.

Amiens president Bernard Joannin called the decision an "injustice" and accused the LFP of "a lack of humanity".

However, Joannin said no action would be taken until minutes from the LFP's board of directors meeting is released and a general assembly is held to decide the format for Ligue 2 and the number of relegations and promotions between it and the third tier.

A statement published by Amiens on Friday said: "This decision is for our club, all our players, coaches, administrators, volunteers and supporters extremely fraught with consequences.

"Pending the publication of the minutes of board of directors' meeting, Amiens reserve the right to contest this decision, since sporting merit, in this particularly difficult period for all, should on the contrary have led the various decision-making bodies not to pronounce any relegation."

Toulouse president Olivier Sadran reportedly wrote to the LFP prior to Thursday's announcement to state his club may also initiate a legal challenge if they were relegated.

Coupe de France finalists Lyon, who sat seventh in the final standings, stated they could launch an appeal because they stand to miss out on continental football next term.

The only other European league to have brought its season to an early end is the Eredivisie, which opted against relegating any teams or crowning a champion.

Paris Saint-Germain have been declared Ligue 1 champions after the Ligue de Football Professionnel (LFP) confirmed final standings will be decided on a points-per-game basis.

French prime minister Edouard Philippe on Tuesday said the 2019-20 football season could not restart as he banned any sporting events taking place before September, leaving the LFP to decide the "sporting and economic consequences" for the top two tiers.

Following Thursday's meeting, the LFP opted for the final league standings to be determined by points won per match, leaving PSG – who were 12 clear at the top before the campaign was halted – as champions.

"We have decided to work hard to find solutions. We still have difficulties ahead of us. We are in an environment where there is a lot of sporting tension," Nathalie Boy de la Tour, LFP president, said at a news conference.

"We had worked on recovery scenarios for mid-June. We worked on the economy and treasury for the clubs: sponsorship and ticketing. We had worked behind the scenes. I don't like to talk to say nothing – I'm coming to you with concrete things.

"We have marked the end of the 2019-2020 season, and we have awarded the title of champions to PSG in Ligue 1 and Lorient in Ligue 2."

LFP executive director general Didier Quillot confirmed the final standings were allocated on a points-per-game ratio, before adding only the bottom two teams will be relegated to Ligue 2, with no play-off taking place to determine if a third team from the second tier also goes up.

It means Toulouse and Amiens will be relegated and Lens will be promoted along with Lorient.

"The rankings were allocated according to a performance index and a criterion of the points-per-matches-played ratio at the end of the 28th matchday. It is the same rule adopted by the FFF [French Football Federation]," he said.

"There will be two promotions and two relegations between Ligue 1 and Ligue 2. There will be no play-offs."

The LFP published the final classification shortly after the announcement, confirming Marseille and Rennes will join PSG in the Champions League places, while Reims and Nice are expected to follow Lille into the Europa League if the finals of the Coupe de la Ligue and Coupe de France cannot go ahead.

The victors of both competitions will take up Europa League spots as normal if, as Quillot desires, they are allowed to play the two finals in August.

"If the government allows us to play behind closed doors from August, we will think about the possibility of playing the finals of the Coupe de France and the Coupe de la Ligue in early August," he said. "We will need the green light from UEFA.

"If the finals of the Coupe de la Ligue and Coupe de France take place in early August, the places for the Europa League will be allocated to their winners, if the winner is not PSG. The rule does not change."

PSG will face Lyon and Saint-Etienne in the respective Coupe de la Ligue and Coupe de France finales.

Paris Saint-Germain have been declared Ligue 1 champions after the Ligue de Football Professionnel (LFP) confirmed final standings will be decided on a points-per-game basis.

French prime minister Edouard Philippe on Tuesday said the 2019-20 football season could not restart as he banned any sporting events taking place before September, leaving the LFP to decide the "sporting and economic consequences" for the top two tiers.

Following Thursday's meeting, the LFP opted for the final league standings to be determined by points won per match, leaving PSG – who were 12 clear at the top before the campaign was halted – as champions.

"We have decided to work hard to find solutions. We still have difficulties ahead of us. We are in an environment where there is a lot of sporting tension," Nathalie Boy de la Tour, LFP president, said at a news conference.

"We had worked on recovery scenarios for mid-June. We worked on the economy and treasury for the clubs: sponsorship and ticketing. We had worked behind the scenes. I don't like to talk to say nothing – I'm coming to you with concrete things.

"We have marked the end of the 2019-2020 season, and we have awarded the title of champions to PSG in Ligue 1 and Lorient in Ligue 2."

LFP executive director general Didier Quillot confirmed the final standings were allocated on a points-per-game ratio, before adding only the bottom two teams will be relegated to Ligue 2, with no play-off taking place to determine if a third team from the second tier also goes up.

It means Toulouse and Amiens will be relegated and Lens will be promoted along with Lorient.

"The rankings were allocated according to a performance index and a criterion of the points-per-matches-played ratio at the end of the 28th matchday. It is the same rule adopted by the FFF [French Football Federation]," he said.

"There will be two promotions and two relegations between Ligue 1 and Ligue 2. There will be no play-offs."

The LFP published the final classification shortly after the announcement, confirming Marseille and Rennes will join PSG in the Champions League places, while Reims and Nice are expected to follow Lille into the Europa League if the finals of the Coupe de la Ligue and Coupe de France cannot go ahead.

The victors of both competitions will take up Europa League spots as normal if, as Quillot desires, they are allowed to play the two finals in August.

"If the government allows us to play behind closed doors from August, we will think about the possibility of playing the finals of the Coupe de France and the Coupe de la Ligue in early August," he said. "We will need the green light from UEFA.

"If the finals of the Coupe de la Ligue and Coupe de France take place in early August, the places for the Europa League will be allocated to their winners, if the winner is not PSG. The rule does not change."

PSG will face Lyon and Saint-Etienne in the respective Coupe de la Ligue and Coupe de France finales.

Watford have confirmed former France youth international Pape Gueye will join on a free transfer from Ligue 2 side Le Havre in July.

Gueye, a defensive midfielder who came through Le Havre's academy, has signed a deal until 2025 effective from July 1, with his contract in France expiring at the end of June.

The 21-year-old has represented France up to Under-19 level and is said to have been tracked by numerous top-fight clubs around Europe, including Arsenal and Milan.

The Gunners were even said to have been close to agreeing a deal for Gueye in February, but instead the midfielder will move to Vicarage Road.

A Watford statement confirmed his pre-contract agreement has already been "lodged with all relevant authorities".

Ligue de Football Professionnel (LFP) directors will meet on Thursday to study the "sporting and economic consequences" of the French government ending the season.

French prime minister Edouard Philippe announced in a speech to the National Assembly on Tuesday that there will be no professional football, rugby or other sports before September due to the coronavirus crisis.

That means the 2019-20 Ligue 1 and 2 campaigns are over, with the next domestic fixtures coming at the start of the 2020-21 season.

Governing body the LFP had previously revealed its plans to resume the 2019-20 Ligue 1 and Ligue 2 seasons on June 17.

Instead a decision must now be made on whether Ligue 1 leaders Paris Saint-Germain - 12 points clear of second-placed Marseille with a game in hand - are awarded the title, as well as matters of promotion, relegation and European qualification.

"Meeting on April 28, the LFP board of directors took note of the declarations of prime minister Edouard Philippe." an LFP statement said.

"As since the beginning of this health crisis, the LFP will strictly follow the instructions of the government and health authorities.

"The bureau of the board of directors will meet on April 30 to study the sporting and economic consequences of the measures announced by the prime minister."

Toulouse are rooted to the foot of the Ligue 1 table, 10 points behind second-bottom Amiens with 10 games to play, while Nimes are in 18th spot.

Lorient and Lens occupy the two automatic promotion spots in the second tier, awaiting news of which division they will play in next season.

The top two tiers were suspended indefinitely on March 13 amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

Over 23,000 people have died in France after contracting the virus. A nationwide lockdown is in place until at least May 11.

The 2019-20 Ligue 1 and Ligue 2 seasons were brought to a sudden end due to the coronavirus pandemic on Tuesday.

French prime minister Edouard Philippe announced in a speech to the National Assembly that professional football will not be able to resume before September.

That means the 2019-20 campaign is over, with the next domestic fixtures coming at the start of the 2020-21 season.

"Big sporting events won't happen before September. The 2019-20 professional football season won't restart," Philippe said.

"Major sporting and cultural events, in particular festivals, large trade fairs, all events bringing together more than 5,000 participants, and are therefore the subject of a declaration by the prefecture, and which must be organised a long time in advance, will not be able to be held before the month of September.

"This decision concerns all professional sports, starting with football, but also rugby, basketball and more."

A decision must now be made on whether Ligue 1 leaders Paris Saint-Germain - 12 points clear of second-placed Marseille with a game in hand - are awarded the title, as well as promotion, relegation and European qualification.

Toulouse are rooted to the foot of the table, 10 points behind second-bottom Amiens with 10 games to play, with Nimes in 18th spot.

Lorient and Lens occupy the two automatic promotion spots in the second tier.

There is a meeting between the Sports Ministry, the LFP and French Football Federation (FFF) scheduled later on Tuesday.

The Eredivisie was last week cancelled with no champions crowned, promotion or relegation.

The LFP last week revealed its plans to resume Ligue 1 and Ligue 2 seasons on June 17 and complete the campaigns by July 25.

Yet the government has decided that games will not even be able to take place behind closed doors.

The divisions were suspended indefinitely on March 13 amid the COVID-19 crisis, with over 23,000 having died in France after contracting the virus and a nationwide lockdown in place until at least May 11.

The 2019-20 Ligue 1 and Ligue 2 seasons were brought to a sudden end due to the coronavirus pandemic on Tuesday.

French prime minister Edouard Philippe announced in a speech to the National Assembly that professional football will not be able to resume before September.

That means the 2019-20 campaign is over, with the next domestic fixtures coming at the start of the 2020-21 season.

"Big sporting events won't happen before September. The 2019-20 professional football season won't restart," Philippe said.

A decision must now be made on whether Ligue 1 leaders Paris Saint-Germain - 12 points clear of second-placed Marseille with a game in hand - are awarded the title, as well as promotion, relegation and European qualification.

Toulouse are rooted to the foot of the table, 10 points behind second-bottom Amiens with 10 games to play, with Nimes in 18th spot.

Lorient and Lens occupy the two automatic promotion spots in the second tier.

There is a meeting between the Sports Ministry, the LFP and French Football Federation (FFF) scheduled later on Tuesday.

The Eredivisie was last week cancelled with no champions crowned, promotion or relegation.

The LFP last week revealed its plans to resume Ligue 1 and Ligue 2 seasons on June 17 and complete the campaigns by July 25.

Yet the government has decided that games will not even be able to take place behind closed doors.

The divisions were suspended indefinitely on March 13 amid the COVID-19 crisis, with over 23,000 having died in France after contracting the virus and a nationwide lockdown in place until at least May 11.

Ligue de Football Professionnel (LFP) revealed its plans to resume the 2019-20 Ligue 1 and Ligue 2 seasons on June 17 and complete the campaigns by July 25.

Ligue 1 and Ligue 2 were suspended indefinitely on March 13 due to the coronavirus pandemic, with France on a nationwide lockdown until at least May 11.

The LFP provided an update on the situation, with French football's governing body that runs the major professional leagues in the country awaiting a final decision on whether fixtures will be played behind closed doors.

"The bureau of the board of directors unanimously voted on April 10 for the resumption of the Ligue 1 and Ligue 2 championships to finish by July 25, and a commencement on August 22 and 23, 2020 of the 2020-2021 season. This provides for a restart of the 2019-2020 season on June 17, 2020," the LFP statement read.

"The LFP is now awaiting the deconfinement procedures that the government will announce at the end of April, and in particular the conditions under which the matches could be played behind closed doors.

"The LFP is also awaiting UEFA's recommendations, which will be presented to its executive committee on April 23, as well as the Champions League match calendar.

"Last but not least, the LFP asked the medical commission of the FFF [France football federation] and the representative of the doctors on the board of directors of the LFP to develop a health and medical protocol for resuming training.

"Since the start of this crisis, the LFP and all the players in football have placed health as the top priority.

"In this context, the LFP has always scrupulously followed the instructions of the government, and works in collaboration with the Ministry of Sports and the Ministry of the Interior to study the best conditions of the recovery guaranteeing first of all the health of all the actors as well that sports equity and the economic sustainability of professional football."

Reigning champions Paris Saint-Germain topped Ligue 1 by 12 points at the time of the postponement, having played 27 games – one match less than their rivals – while Toulouse and Amiens were in the relegation places.

In Ligue 2, Lorient and Lens occupied the two automatic promotion spots, ahead of Ajaccio, Troyes and Clermont through 28 rounds.

French football authorities are not considering voiding the 2019-20 season due to the coronavirus and insist they will even finish the campaign after the June 30 deadline if necessary.

With all of the major European leagues on hiatus at least until April amid the COVID-19 pandemic, UEFA hosted an extraordinary video conference on Tuesday, outlining a plan for the rest of the 2019-20 season.

With Euro 2020 postponed for 12 months, clubs agreed to a "commitment to complete all domestic and European club competitions by the end of the current sporting season, i.e. June 30, 2020 at the latest".

Such a scenario is dependent on the global coronavirus situation improving – though France's Ligue de Football Professionnel (LFP) is suggesting its priority is finishing the season whenever possible, even if that means completing it after June 30.

Executive director Didier Quillot said on Wednesday: "We've made it a major principle to do everything we can to finish on 30 June.

"The goal is June 30, but if we have to finish later, we'll adapt, with the clubs and the players. We'll play as much as we can."

LFP president Nathalie Boy de la Tour added: "We are delighted at the sacred union of European football.

"The Administrative Council meeting on Tuesday recalled that the top priority was to complete the Ligue 1 and Ligue 2 campaigns, in view of the sporting and economic stakes involved. This is vital for the future of the clubs and French football."

France-wide containment measures mean a return of football in the country is impossible before April 15, and although LFP is keen for action to re-commence once that period is over, Boy de la Tour accepts a willingness to adapt is necessary.

She said: "If the containment period lasts 15 days, and we add two weeks of training before that, we could resume around 15 April. We can anticipate everything, but above all we have to adapt and remain pragmatic."

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