Olympique Lyonnais president demands rethink over Ligue 1 termination
As one of the most intelligent yet outspoken names in football administration, Jean-Michel Aulas has as many foes as he does admirers. Having got into a bitter dispute with Olympique Marseille supremos in recent weeks, the Lyon president has again been on the front foot arguing for changes to be made to how the calendar works.
Speaking about the issues that the league has faced, the Lyon president wrote a letter to the Prime Minister Emmanuel Macron, asking that they consider a resumption of the season. With Lyon finishing the season in seventh, they missed out on Europe for the first time since the 1990s. France, Scotland, Belgium, and the Netherlands are among the only leagues in Europe to have shut down their leagues entirely.
In the letter, Aulas said: "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. How can France not be downgraded very quickly and see its professional football devalued?
"Many developments and hopes are expected on this date so that France can gradually regain a good dynamic. 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?"