Wednesday, 1 July 2020

Ending Ligue 1 season early was a "massive error"- Jean-Michel Aulas

PSG players celebrate

Ending the French Ligue 1 season early was a "massive error" and one that showed "an obvious lack of leadership", says Lyon president Jean-Michel Aulas.

The campaign was stopped on 13 March because of the global coronavirus pandemic and did not resume.

Paris St-Germain were crowned champions in April, with Toulouse and Amiens relegated to Ligue 2.

Top flights in Germany, Spain, Italy and England resumed in May and June.

Aulas said nobody "outside those who took the decision" understands why the campaign was declared finished.

He told BBC World Service Sport's John Bennett: "All that was needed was to stop temporarily, assess the situation and take a decision on whether to stop later on.

"It is a massive error, firstly because the country needs football and at the moment, to watch football, we are now obliged to turn to football in other countries.

"Above all, we're going to go through a dramatic period for French football that will be deprived of its revenue."


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