Coronavirus epidemic: Germany’s decision to restart football could be imitated in France, said Lyon President Jean-Michel Aulas

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Germany’s plan to restart its best football league gives hope that France could still finish the abandoned Ligue 1 season, Olympique Lyonnais president Jean-Michel Aulas said on Thursday.

The French Professional League (LFP) ended its season last week with 10 games to go, granting the title to Paris St Germain and leaving Lyon out of the rankings for European competition next season.

    Coronavirus epidemic: Germany's decision to restart football could be imitated in France, according to Lyon president Jean-Michel Aulas

Lyon missed a place in European competition for next season after the premature end of the Ligue 1 season with 10 games to play. AFP

Aulas said this week that his club had suffered a “loss of chance” and warned that he would claim “millions of euros in damages” from unspecified bodies.

The German Bundesliga announced on Wednesday that it plans to restart on May 15, making it the first of Europe’s best football leagues to start after the new coronavirus is shut down.

“I noted that training had resumed in almost 10 European countries. By adapting our method, we could probably have finished the season, ”explained Aulas to the French sports daily. The team.

“We are on the wrong track but it is not too late to try to think (…) of something coherent.

“As long as there is life, there is hope. For all the people whose main argument for telling us to stop was that all the other leagues would stop (Germany’s decision) is a very important step, “Aulas replied to the question until France can change its decision.

After finishing the season in seventh place, Lyon must win the League Cup or the Champions League to win a European place next season.

The final of the League Cup against PSG has been postponed sine die.

The Spanish La Liga, Italian Serie A and English Premier League are hoping to restart, but have not yet announced dates to start.

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Update date: 07 May 2020 15:45:51 IST

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