Football Ligue 1 – Pressure and threats, Lorient denounces OL


It did not take long in this Ligue 1 championship to see the first controversy between the clubs born.

This week, the debate focused on the land of Moustoir, mistreated by the drought and the Interceltic festival, which only ended on Thursday evening. Result, for Sunday’s match, the visual aspect was quite catastrophic. OL warned that it would be a scandal to play this match, and after two appearances by League delegates, the verdict fell on Friday with the postponement of the match. In the meantime, each club has defended its interests to the end. Lorient said the pitch was passable despite its unappealing visual appearance. And Jean-Michel Aulas for his part has pushed the plug as far, even threatening the League with legal action in the event of injuries to Lyon players.

The land met the standards

It was the president of FC Lorient, Loïc Féry, who threw a stone into the pond this Sunday by explaining that the attitude of OL had not been very classy. «  The club’s teams remain convinced that the pitch would have been up to LFP standards this Sunday: indeed, the pitch was already up to the standards required in terms of hardness and rotation by the FFF on Friday. Under pressure from Olympique Lyonnais, who threatened the LFP with claims for damages in the event of injury, the competitions committee unfortunately preferred to postpone this match, depriving our spectators of a great party at Moustoir on August 14. We are sorry and disappointed because we thought it was possible to play in Lorient this Sunday, without endangering the physical integrity of the players. “, Underlined the leader of the Breton club, who admits that the drought and climate change, like the watering restrictions, push to think about changes for the high level lawns. In the meantime, the Merlus press release will surely make OL react, very quick to communicate on Friday and to reproach FC Lorient who had  » did not anticipate this inevitable situation » and what was said « vigilant » on the date of the rescheduling of the meeting. It will also remain to be seen whether, each time a lawn is in very poor condition in Ligue 1, the clubs will get into the habit of threatening the League to file a complaint in the event of injury to one of their players. This Sunday, for the match in Ajaccio against Lens, for example, a fungus attacked the lawn, causing slips due to craters on the lawn.



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