Aulas’ fiery remarks have created damaging cracks with other French football personalities, including Caiazzo and Didier Quillot, the general manager of Ligue 1, known as L.F.P.
Quillot refused to discuss Aulas. “L.F.P. management decided to work instead of talking, “he said in an email provided by a league spokesperson.
Caiazzo, who sits on the Ligue 1 board, suggested that Aulas is trying to rewrite history.
The words of Philippe, the Prime Minister, in Parliament on April 28, during which he declared the end of the season, had triggered a chain reaction, said Caiazzo. Within hours, the president of the French football federation declared amateur and professional football finished, and the main television partner of the upper division announced that he would cancel the rest of his contract. Then came the meeting of the league’s board of directors.
“At that time, there were 1,000 deaths a day,” said Caiazzo. “Do you think someone will raise their hand and say,” Sorry, I don’t think we’re going to stop. “We would have been outlaws. “
According to Aulas, the league panicked. He said he was really defending the interests of France when he argued against the end of the season; the league, he said, is now at risk of being punished by European football’s governing body for not trying to finish its campaign.
And the events of the following weeks and months seem to support at least some of Aulas’ claims. French Sports Minister Roxana Maracineanu recently surprised many when she hinted that it was ultimately the league’s call to end the season, and UEFA President Aleksander Ceferin said qualified this decision as “premature”. The loosening of restrictions in France, where shops and restaurants have gradually started to reopen, as well as the resumption of play in other European leagues, have made French football’s decision the exception rather than the rule.