French Football Federation president Noel Le Graet believes that Lyon chief Jean-Michel Aulas has “gone a little too far” with his latest criticism.
Aulas was disappointed for having Ligue 1 to cancel the rest of the season due to the coronavirus pandemic whereas Lyon finished seventh in the table, and sees that officials called it off too soon, unlike Germany’s Bundesliga resuming and EPL, La Liga and Serie A still trying to restart its respective campaigns.
Having Lyon miss out its European qualification marks the first time since 1997, and also one of the clubs from being the most devastated upon the curtain call of the French football competition.
Lyon chief Aulas didn’t sat this one out, with his own criticism, saying that Ligue 1 was “robbing” his side of the table. He has also admitted getting anxious of losing star players like Memphis Depay and Moussa Dembele to other clubs capable offering Champions League football.
FFF president Le Graet’s perspective on the criticism of Aulas has gone too far, telling Canal+ : “We have known each other for so long. He sees me coming, I see him coming.”
“On the other hand, he defends the interest of his club with too much vigour sometimes. Lately, he has gone a little too far. I told him either on the phone or through the press, but he is caught up in the desire to play this Champions League.”
Lyon are still in the Champions League Last-16, Coupe de la Ligue final, and can qualify for Europe by winning either of those competitions – however it remains unclear whether those fixtures will still continue to be played.
Aulas is not alone disliking the current situation. Former Liverpool manager Gerard Houllier has caused a stir in France, claiming PSG and Marseille united to influence the French government into having the Ligue 1 season stopped.
“There is an axis between OM and PSG and it hit hard,” Houllier, who is now an advisor to Aulas, told OLTV . “There was an alliance made with arrangements between friends and I think above all it was a plot, a plan to eliminate Lyon.”
“It will be covered up because I think the French state is involved. I followed all the press conferences by [President] Emmanuel Macron and [Prime Minister] Edouard Philippe, and they never talked about sport.”
“Just by chance, at the end, it’s said that Ligue 1 will not be able to resume. It was the first time they talked about sports. I found it a bit weird.”