Lyon urge Emmanuel Macron to make U-turn on Ligue 1 season amid La Liga return

Lyon have again urged French President Emmanuel Macron to reconsider the
decision to ban sporting events until September, after Spain gave the green light
for top-flight football to resume in June.

The Ligue 1 club have been outraged by the French Government’s decision in April which in turn saw the two main leagues in France cancelled due to the coronavirus.

Lyon, along with Amiens and Toulouse, lost their appeals when a judge upheld the ruling on Friday, but they have been given fresh encouragement by Spain Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez’s announcement on Saturday.

Sanchez said football will be allowed to return from June 8, meaning La Liga will be the second major European league to resume following the widespread suspension due to the crisis – with plans for the Premier League to return also on track.

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Lyon said in a statement: “Olympique Lyonnais welcomes the decision this Saturday by Pedro Sanchez, the Spanish President, as his government authorised the resumption of La Liga from June 8. After the Bundesliga, this will be the second major league in Europe to return to the pitch.

“Olympique Lyonnais hopes that the example of Spain, following that of Germany, will help authorities reconsider the decision taken too hastily in France.

“We can reasonably imagine that the position of coaches and players in the French league is today much more in favour of a resumption of play than it had been during the UNFP poll conducted April 23 or when Didier Deschamps (the French national team head coach) confided on April 27 to President Emmanuel Macron his reluctance and his fear for the players’ health.

“OL calls on President Emmanuel Macron to support the spirit of a France that should react to its European competitors.

“Thanks to the industry and efficiency of its citizens, France has pushed back the pandemic to allow the resumption of training under controlled circumstances and tomorrow we hope to compete on the pitch, as will be the case in almost all of the other European countries.

“The decision, taken in a hurry, on April 30 can now be compensated for in the eyes of the French people if we know how to recognise that nothing is ever final, and we adopt the most appropriate solution in the interest of French professional football and therefore the French people.

“Olympique Lyonnais hopes that the example of Spain, following that of Germany, will help authorities reconsider the decision taken too hastily in France.”

Lyon missed out on European qualification through the final league standings, which is fuelling their unwillingness to accept the decision, but they are still in the Champions League, leading Juventus 1-0 after the first leg of their last-16 tie.

They say that cancelling the French league puts them and Paris Saint-Germain at a disadvantage.

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