The Professional Football League (LFP) wants to relocate an L1 poster in China and has targeted Monaco-Lyon next February, an operation which remains subject to “exemption” from Fifa.
The LFP “targeted, with the agreement of the two clubs, the Monaco-Lyon match” of the 23rd day of Ligue 1 scheduled for the weekend of 5-6 February 2022, a source told AFP, confirming information from The team.
The L1 wants to become the first European championship to relocate
For a year now, the League has made its international development one of the lifelines of French professional football, while its international TV rights remain very low compared to other major European championships. The body hopes to make the L1 the first European championship to relocate a regular season game abroad.
According to L’Équipe, the meeting could be relocated to Shanghai and OL president Jean-Michel Aulas discussed it last Saturday with Monegasque leader Oleg Petrov on the sidelines of the OL-ASM match (2-0).
An ambitious operation for the image of L1 and its distribution
“This is an ambitious operation for the image of the L1 and its distribution”, enthuses Jean-Michel Aulas, quoted by the sports daily.
From a source close to one of the two clubs, it is indicated that the conditions do not yet seem to be met and that we will have to see certain logistical parameters, such as the organization of a trip to China against the backdrop of a pandemic or the need to fulfill the stadium to make the operation profitable.
Fifa had already retorted a La Liga project
In addition, the project remains subject to the agreement of Fifa, which in the past had already opposed similar projects of the Spanish La Liga, which tried unsuccessfully to organize a Girona-Barcelona match in Miami, then a Villarreal-Atlético Madrid meeting.
In 2020, the FIFA “Partners” Commission had ruled by opposing official matches relocated to a foreign country (excluding Supercups, such as the Champions Trophy in France), confirming the position of the international federation.
The LFP still hopes to “serve as a laboratory” and “will take official steps to obtain an exceptional exemption”, nevertheless underlines the source consulted by AFP.