Aulas was dissatisfied with the decision to cancel the rest of the Ligue 1 campaign due to the Covid-19 pandemic, as Lyon finished seventh in the table.
Ligue 1 was “robbing” Lyon side
French Football Federation (FFF) president Noel Le Graet believes Lyon’s head Jean-Michel Aulas has gone a little too far with his recent criticism. Aulas was dissatisfied with the decision to cancel the rest of the Ligue 1 campaign due to the Covid-19 pandemic, as Lyon finished seventh in the table. The Lyon president feels that officials have withdrawn the rest of the campaign too early. In contrast, the Bundesliga has resumed the Premier League, La Liga, and Serie A, still trying to restart. Lyon was among the largest losers from the decision to stop the French season, missing the European qualification for the first time since 1997.
Ever since the decision was made, Aulas did not restrain his criticism, saying that Ligue 1 was “robbing” his side. He also admitted that he now fears to lose such star players as Memphis Depay and Moussa Dembele, to parties able to offer Champions League football.
Aulas has gone too far
However, Le Graet believes that criticism of Aulas has gone too far. “We’ve known each other for so long. On the other hand, he sometimes defends the interests of his club too energetically. He has gone too far lately. I told him either by telephone or through the press. But he was caught wanting to play in the Champions League”. Lyon is still in the Champions League last 16 and the Coupe de la Ligue final – and can qualify for Europe by winning any of these competitions – however, it is not clear whether those fixtures will be able to play. Aulas is not the only one dissatisfied with the situation. Former Liverpool manager Gerard Houllier caused a stir in France, saying Paris Saint-Germain and Marseille united to influence the French government in stopping the Ligue 1 season.
“There is an axis between OM and PSG, and it hit tough,” said Houllier, who is now an adviser to Aulas, told reporters. “There was an alliance made with agreements between friends, and I think it was, above all, a conspiracy, a plan to eliminate Lyon.” I followed all the press meetings by President Emmanuel Macron and Prime Minister Edouard Philippe, and they never talked about sports. “Just by chance, in the end, it is said that Ligue 1 will not be able to resume. They first started talking about sports. It seemed a little strange to me.”