Speaking in an interview with Le Monde, Lyon President Jean-Michel Aulas, whose side currently sits 7th in the Ligue 1 table, wants the season to be cancelled and the slate to be totally wiped clean, as if we were starting from the same position as August 2019, owing to the COVID-19 pandemic, which today resulted in the immediate suspension of all Ligue 1 and Ligue 2 activity until further notice.
“The best solution would be to say “this is a blank season” which would avoid those who are at the bottom of the table to turn to the LFP and FFF (to look to legally contest relegation). The rules stipulate that it is at the end of the league season that a team is relegated. A different decision would open a legal can of worms which could prove very costly. The most logical thing to do is to say: “We cancel everything and we start from the situation at the beginning of this season.”
On what about the teams that appear set to qualify for Europe (crucially, not Lyon):
Obviously (they would be unhappy), but the rules, they are applied to those who do not have good results and were due to be relegated and they would also be applied to those at the top of the table and those who could have ended up qualifying for Europe. You have to be in the top places at the end of the league. If you stopped the Tour de France at the 12th stage, I do not know if we would say that this particular Tour produced any champions.
On the financial implications of the COVID-19 suspension to football:
It is going to create very difficult situations for the clubs who have been spending above their means. I am not talking about us, OL has excellent results and I don’t think that we are going to be put in difficulty.