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Press release

Published on 28 May 2020 at 9:14 PM

Olympique Lyonnais has taken note of the Prime Minister’s statements on the development of conditions around the Covid 19 crisis and on the new measures taken by the Government. He is delighted with the positive development for all the people who have suffered from this pandemic and he imagines that economic and sporting recovery will bring a moral boost to the whole of our country, which has been more affected than many others.

Pending the publication this weekend of the ordinances which will specify these announcements in greater detail, the club wishes to put forth the following comments.

The authorization given to professional clubs to resume training from 2 June confirms that the decision to stop the league seasons was hasty, premature and contrary to UEFA recommendations, as the club has constantly emphasized since this decision was announced on April 30. The Prime Minister having confirmed once again that the decision to stop had been made by the League, Olympique Lyonnais is concerned about this disastrous decision for French professional football.

This authorization nevertheless meets the requests and needs of the three clubs involved in the competitions that the organizers have decided to  since the start of the pandemic: the Women's and Men's Champions League for UEFA, the Women's and Men's Coupes de France for the FFF, the Coupe de la Ligue for the LFP.

Indeed, Saint Etienne, PSG and Olympique Lyonnais will be able to prepare for these Cup matches in better conditions than those had been initially "imposed". PSG and OL will be a little less disadvantaged than their European opponents who will have resumed their league seasons in May or June (May 16 for the Germans, June 11 for the Spanish, June 17 for the English and finally June 20 for the Italians), France being the only one of the 5 big European countries to have taken a decision which has penalized its clubs.

Olympique Lyonnais is now awaiting confirmation that friendly matches may be organized from June 22 as had been announced this evening. The club also hopes that the league which has had its hand in this decision will reconsider and, in the interest of all the French clubs of which some wish, and not only Olympique Lyonnais, that the season can be finished on sporting merit, with playoffs possibly as suggested by UEFA on 23 April to its member professional leagues and associations

Finally, Olympique Lyonnais are delighted with the possibility that supporters can once again return to the stadiums, even in limited numbers at first, and that broadcasters can resume broadcasts as they have done for other European championships.