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Lyon Soccer Membership Threaten After Ligue 1 Season Ended Over Coronavirus

Lyon have announced they intend to appeal in opposition to the selection to give up the Ligue 1 season early which supposed they missed out on qualifying for eu soccer for the first time seeing that 1997 – and potentially sue the league’s governing frame (LFP) for hundreds of thousands of euros.

After the assertion by means of French top Minister Edouard Philippe that no soccer could take region earlier than September, the LFP confirmed on Thursday that the season was over and that the championship and european locations could be provided on a points per recreation foundation.

This means Paris Saint-Germain are offered a third successive Ligue 1 identify, at the same time as Marseille and Rennes take the opposite two Champions League places.

Lyon meanwhile finish seventh, outside of the european places, and in a announcement on Thursday evening say the league should had been resolved at the pitch rather than inside the boardroom, even supposing it intended an alternative format.

They declare that the LFP hae acted too quickly in cancelling the season, that this method does not meet the UEFA request that “carrying merit” decide ecu qualification, and that a fairer method could were a chain of play-offs to determine subjects – despite the fact that they admitted PSG are worth champions.

Their statement reads:

“This government position did not seem to impose, in a prohibitive way, such a final stop today from Ligue 1 and Ligue 2; the Minister of Sports Roxana Maracineanu having previously indicated the possibility of playing in August if the evolution of the health situation allowed it.

“Olympique Lyonnais then proposed as early as Tuesday that the League study an alternative solution which would allow the Championship to be ended and thus preserve the fairness inherent in any sporting competition, and to be in line with UEFA’s proposals based on sporting merit according to objective, transparent and non-discriminatory principles.

“This solution shared by other clubs was based on the principle of play-offs and play-downs, a title of champion acquired by PSG, with a calendar limited to three weeks consistent with health constraints, and an innovative formula which normally could have interested broadcasters, currently lacking content, as well as sports betting and all other economic players in the football industry. This solution made it possible very precisely to meet UEFA’s wish to go after national competitions.

“Given the judgment of the French Ligue 1 Championship, decreed today by the League, Olympique Lyonnais reserves the right to appeal against this decision and claim damages, in particular under the loss of chance and in light of the jurisprudence of other professional sports which are currently in progress, since the damage for the club amounts to several tens of millions of euros.

“Olympique Lyonnais sincerely congratulates the champions, PSG for Ligue 1 and Lorient for Ligue 2, who were proclaimed today and hopes that OL Fรฉminin [the Lyon women’s team] can quickly have the same consecration.”

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