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Lyon flatly deny claims of physical in fighting

Canal + reported last night before Lyon kicked-off against Nantes in Ligue 1 that two physical fights had occurred amongst the Les Gones camp this week: Nabil Fékir supposedly coming to blows with Marcelo and Ferland Mendy entering into a fight with Memphis Depay.

All four players did not start the game against Les Canaris yesterday evening, that the club eventually lost 2-1, making it three consecutive defeats for Lyon in all competitions.

After the game, a series of figures from the Lyon hierarchy moved to deny claims that these physical fights occurred.

Lyon left-back Ferland Mendy posted a Tweet ridiculing the claims, making clear that it was impossible for him to be involved in any fight as he has been injured and therefore not been in team training: “FAKE NEWS: Mr consultants and journalists from Canal Plus it is important to verify your information before putting it out! How could I be part of an altercation in a training session that I was never in! Bottom line, I hope to come back quickly to help my team-mates.”

https://twitter.com/ferland_mendy/status/1116814928101421056

Lyon President Jean-Michel Aulas echoed his player’s words, speaking to Canal Plus after the match:

“Have there been tensions? Of course, but the idea that there was fighting is false. Especially when you incriminate a player in a fight who was not even in training, because he was injured.”

Maligned manager Bruno Génésio reinforced this:

“It is false. Ferland Mendy is injured. I don’t see how there could have been fights in training with players who aren’t training.”

 

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