Jean-Michel Aulas, the President of Lyon, explained on Saturday on RTL that in his hypothetical plan to take over the Champions League, UEFA had placed OL’s return leg against Juventus in Turin on August 7.
In an interview with RTL, this Saturday, Jean-Michel Aulas, the president of Lyon, notably explained: “The match against Juventus is confirmed on Friday, August 7, in Turin and behind closed doors (Editor’s note: in the round of 16 return from C1; OL won 1-0 first leg on February 26). If the appeals do not succeed, it is to send Lyon and Paris (qualified for the quarters) to be massacred by teams which will have a preparation that the others do not have. “
To date, there is no assurance, however, that Juventus will not have an advantage over Lyon, which will not replay in Ligue 1, following the final cessation of the season. The protocol proposed by Lega Calcio still has to be validated by the Italian health authorities. A resumption of Serie A remains very hypothetical. Just like the resumption of the Champions League, moreover.
UEFA has planned to organize the end of the season for its European competitions in August. The fourth round of 16 final, including Juve-OL, remains to be disputed and involve teams playing in championships which have planned to resume. Germany has already started a restart on May 16, when Spain has started the resumption phase of individual training.
Faced with the French decision to stop everything, Jean-Michel Aulas announced in recent days that he had brought two legal actions. OL is ranked seventh in the championship and may not participate in a European cup next season for the first time in twenty years unless they win the League Cup, for which they have to play the final against PSG… even winning the Champions League.
The President of Lyon said he was in favor of a playoff system to play in August.
The public inquiry into the scandal, chaired by former judge Sir Brian Longstaff, began gathering evidence in April 2019 with hearings in Belfast, Leeds, Cardiff, Edinburgh and London. A final report is expected in mid-2023.