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French Football Clubs Threaten Court Fights Due To Lockdown

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French soccer clubs on Friday threatened to take legal action against the country’s Professional Football League (PFL) intention to terminate the season in the top two tiers due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Reports indicate that League 1 club outfits Lyon, Amiens and Toulouse are behind these threats.

On March 13th, the French government suspended next season’s European competitions as part of measures to stop the spread of Covid-19 pandemic in the country.

Club Lyon that boasts with 40 points, were in 7th position said in a statement, “Lyon reserves the possibility of trying to appeal against this decision and claiming damages and interest.”

According to Lyon Club President, Jean-Michel Aulas, they would suffer financial constraints if they do not compete in Champions League or Europa League participation.

“It’s a significant loss of chance. Losses for the club will come to several million euros,” he told local French media.

“My first feeling is of injustice as we weren’t able to fight to the end of the season,” said Amiens president Bernard Joannin. “We reserve the right to go further so that justice is done.”

Olivier Sadran, the Toulouse president, said his club could follow Amiens.

On Tuesday, the French Prime Minister Edouard Philippe addressed Parliament and presented a Lockdown exit plan. The lockdown in France is scheduled to end on May 11th.

The French are currently in a two-month lockdown- the country has been hard hit by the Covid-19 pandemic which has claimed a total of 24,000 lives in four months.

Prime Minister Philippe did not mention anything about resuming sports. This prompted LFP officials to hold extensive talks to ensure the organisation had the right to end the season and allocate prizes on the March standings.

After three days of discussions, LFP president Nathalie Boy de la Tour declared the season over.