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Lyon President: It Is Paradoxical That Spain Finds a Way to Play Football before France

Lyon president Jean-Michel Aulas remains furious over the suspension of the French championship due to the coronavirus pandemic. He is even more annoyed that a return is now not on the table.

“It is paradoxical that a country like Spain, which has more deaths than France, reacts and finds a way to play football,” Aulas told L’Equipe.

France is the only one of the five strongest European leagues to end the football season due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The French League (LFP) decided in late April that the 2019/20 season be declared as ended due the pandemic. After 28 of the planned 38 rounds were played, the LFP declared the current situation on the table final.

“UEFA has published a medical protocol, and we in France haven’t even looked at it. It’s an absolute scandal,” the president said in anger.

Prematurely, in France, PSG were declared the champions, while second-placed Marseille won a direct place in the Champions League next season. Amiens and Toulouse have lost first-league status.

Lyon was in seventh place at the time of the break and will therefore be without a place in Europe for the first time in a quarter of a century.

“I swear I would have reacted equally [in the same way] had Lyon secured the Champions League,” the president claimed however.

Germany continued with the championship, which is expected from both Spain and Italy. The only other nation still uncertain is England.

“UEFA has asked everyone to be patient. When we see our leaders making completely different decisions, I feel like an idiot,” he added.

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