Lyon fans stage protest against management before match against Lens

As reported by Ligue 1 broadcaster Prime Video as well as L’Équipe, Lyon fans staged a protest in the build-up to the team’s home game against Lens tonight to express their frustration at what they see as a lack of ambition on the part of the club.

The team’s two main supporters’ groups, Bad Gones and Lyon 1950, gathered in front of the stadium, with thousands present. Several of the groups’ leaders spoke up to demand a restructuring of the club’s management.

Both head of recruitment Bruno Cheyrou as well as sporting director Vincent Ponsot were targeted, in particular in the wake of a middling January transfer window. Club president Jean-Michel Aulas had defended the pair’s work and criticised those who were showing a “lack of respect” in judging their work.

There were no incidents during the protests and the fans soon took to their seats for the game, before which several banners were unfurled, again criticising the club’s management, – “Incompetent staff and management”, “Lack of ambition”, “12 years of privileges” – before cheering for the team once the match kicked off.

GFFN | Raphaël Jucobin  

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