Lyon president Jean-Michel Aulas has urged French authorities to reconsider their decision to end the football season prematurely. It can be recalled that the Ligue 1 and Ligue 2 seasons for 2019 in France came to an end after it was announced that there would be no resumption because of the coronavirus pandemic.
Michel Aulas made his latest suggestion in a letter to the prime minister of France as well as the country’s sports minister. According to him, football in France would be in danger of an unprecedented and social crisis if the season doesn’t continue.
Lyon were seventh on the log when the decision was made and will play no part in Europe next season. Meanwhile, Ligue 1 is the only league out of the big five leagues in Europe to end its season.
The Bundesliga has resumed while the Premier League, Serie A, and La Liga are looking forward to resuming in June. Other leagues that have been terminated include the Eredivisie and the Belgian league.
“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,” Aulas said.
“How can France not be downgraded very quickly and see its professional football devalued?”
Meanwhile, the French government is expected to announce a decision to ease restrictions in the country on June 2.
“Many developments and hopes are expected on this date, so that France can gradually regain a good dynamic,” added Aulas.
“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?”
This letter from Jean-Michel Aulas is coming off the back of a rejection of appeals from the likes of Amiens, Toulouse, and also Lyon against the abrupt termination of the football season in France.