Lyon have threatened legal action after they missed out on European qualification when the Ligue 1 season finished prematurely due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Rudi Garcia’s side have been placed in seventh position after the campaign was cut short because of the global health crisis.
Rudi Garcia’s side have missed out on a spot in Europe for the first time since 1997
They now stand to lose a major cash injection, projected to be tens of millions of Euros, after losing out on a spot in Europe for the first time since 1997.
They are actively considering the prospect of suing the league’s governing body (LFP).
A club statement read: “This government position did not seem to impose, in a prohibitive way, such a final stop today from Ligue 1 and Ligue 2.
Jamie O’Hara believes the only way forward is to end the season immediately
“The Minister of Sports Roxana Maracineanu having previously indicated the possibility of playing in August if the evolution of the health situation allowed it.
“Olympique Lyonnais then proposed as early as Tuesday that the League study an alternative solution which would allow the Championship to be ended and thus preserve the fairness inherent in any sporting competition, and to be in line with UEFA’s proposals based on sporting merit according to objective, transparent and non-discriminatory principles.
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“Given the judgment of the French Ligue 1 Championship, decreed today by the League, Olympique Lyonnais reserves the right to appeal against this decision and claim damages, in particular under the loss of chance and in light of the jurisprudence of other professional sports which are currently in progress, since the damage for the club amounts to several tens of millions of euros.”
Paris Saint-Germain have been crowned champions for a seventh time in eight years after Ligue 1 was ended abruptly.
Thomas Tuchel’s men had a 12-point lead over second-placed Marseille when the season was initially suspended on March 13.
The division was decided on a points-per-game system, after French Prime Minister Edouard Philippe announced that no sporting events will take place in the country until at least September earlier this week.