According to L’Equipe, the Professional Football League has abandoned the idea of scheduling the match between Monaco and OL in China in early 2022. The idea was to promote French football in Asia.
The next Monaco-OL will be played well at the Louis-II stadium. And not in China. According to information from L’Equipe, the Professional Football League has given up on the idea of organizing this meeting in Shanghai in early 2022.
« The project is abandoned, the League informed the daily on Thursday. Beyond the authorizations that should have been obtained, there are too many health constraints (linked to the Covid-19 pandemic) to go to China But the objective of organizing matches abroad continues to help the development of Ligue 1 internationally. «
« More reasonable to backtrack », according to Aulas
Lyon and Monaco having Chinese partners, the idea had germinated to play this match in China to occasionally expose Ligue 1 in a territory to be conquered to allow ultimately to increase international rights. It was a time scheduled that discussions began between the League and FIFA to try to find an agreement to relocate this Monaco-Lyon, scheduled for the weekend of February 6 as part of the 23rd day of Ligue 1, either at the same time as the opening of the Beijing Winter Olympics. The leaders of French football intended in particular to argue that it was only a match, therefore a one-off operation, and that it is important to be able to develop internationally.
« Oleg (Petrov, vice-president of AS Monaco) called me to tell me that there were new difficulties about the quarantine periods to be observed, and that there could be international matches before and after the period. It’s more reasonable to backtrack, « Jean-Michel Aulas recently explained to L’Equipe.