Lyon President Calls For Reconsideration Of Ligue 1 Termination

"How can France not be downgraded very quickly and see its professional football devalued?"

Lyon president Jean-Michel Aulas has called in French authorities to reconsider their decision to end the football season early.

On 28 April. it was announced that Ligue 1 and Ligue 2 seasons would not resume due to coronavirus pandemic. In a letter to France’s Prime Minister and Sports Minister, Jean-Michel Aulas said the French Football would face an “unprecedented economic and social crisis”.

Lyon were seventh when the season was ended and missed European qualification.

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Ligue 11 is the only one of the big five European leagues to have ended its season, with Bundesliga having resumed and the top flights in Spain, Italy, and England hoping for a resumption in June.

The Dutch and Belgian leagues have also been terminated.

“The Bundesliga resumed matches on 16 May, Spain will resume matches on 8 June. Italy, Russia, and Portugal have resumed collective training and England is working on a resumption after 19 June,” Lyon president Jean-Michel Aulas said.

“How can France not be downgraded very quickly and see its professional football devalued?”

The French government is expected to announce an easing of restriction in the country on 2 June.

“Many developments and hopes are expected on this date, so that France can gradually regain a good dynamic,” Aulas added.

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“Could we imagine that 2 June is also a great opportunity to rectify the mistake concerning French football and to allow, with a health protocol used everywhere, a gradual resumption of training and, why not, a resumption of the 2019-20 season over the months of July or August?”

Last week, Lyon were one of the three clubs, alongside the relegated Amiens and Toulouse, to appeals against ending the Ligue 1 season early rejected.


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