Coronavirus Outbreak: Germany's decision to restart football could be emulated in France, says Lyon president Jean-Michel Aulas

Germany’s plan to restart its top football league gives hope that France could still complete the abandoned Ligue 1 season, Olympique Lyonnais president Jean-Michel Aulas said on Thursday.

Reuters May 07, 2020 15:45:51 IST
Coronavirus Outbreak: Germany's decision to restart football could be emulated in France, says Lyon president Jean-Michel Aulas

Germany’s plan to restart its top football league gives hope that France could still complete the abandoned Ligue 1 season, Olympique Lyonnais president Jean-Michel Aulas said on Thursday.

The French professional league (LFP) ended its season last week with 10 games left, awarding the title to Paris St Germain and leaving Lyon outside the placings for European competition next season.

Coronavirus Outbreak Germanys decision to restart football could be emulated in France says Lyon president JeanMichel Aulas

Lyon missed out on a European competition spot for next season after the Ligue 1 season ended prematurely with 10 games left. AFP

Aulas this week said his club had suffered a ‘loss of opportunity’ and warned he would claim ‘millions of euros in damages’ from unspecified bodies.

On Wednesday, the German Bundesliga said it planned to re-start on 15 May, making it the first of Europe’s top football leagues to get under way following the novel coronavirus stoppage.

“I’ve noted that training had resumed in almost 10 European countries. By adapting our method, we would probably have been able to complete the season,” Aulas told French sports daily L’Equipe.

“We’re on a wrong track but it’s not too late to try and think (...) about something coherent.

“As long as there’s life, there’s hope. For all the people whose main argument to tell us to stop was that all the other leagues would stop, (Germany’s decision) is a very important step,” Aulas replied when asked until when France could change their decision.

After finishing the season in seventh place, Lyon must either win the League Cup or the Champions League to gain a European place next season.

The League Cup final against PSG has been postponed indefinitely.

The Spanish Liga, Italian Serie A and England’s Premier League hope to restart, but have not yet announced dates to begin.

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