The quest for visibility of the leaders of Ligue 1 has fizzled out. Barely two days after the announcement of a possible relocation of the Monaco-Lyon match, counting for the 23rd day of the championship, the players in the case backpedal.
First excited to meet in Shanghai, China in early February, the bosses of the two clubs revised their positions, according to reports. comments reported by the newspaper L’Equipe.
“The idea of relocating an L1 match internationally emerged, along with many other ideas, each time in the interest of the French Championship and its visibility. , I do not think that it is possible in this precise case, testified Oleg Petrov, vice-president of the ASM, to the sports daily.
“More reasonable to backtrack”
A position supported by the president of OL, Jean-Michel Aulas. “Oleg called me to tell me that there were new difficulties about the quarantine periods to observe, and that there could be international matches before and after the period. It is more reasonable to machine back, “said the Lyon leader.
The date of the match, scheduled for the weekend of February 4.5 and 6, also corresponded to the opening period of the Winter Olympics, which will also take place in China, but further north, in Beijing.
FIFA had to agree to it anyway
This initiative to relocate the meeting of the Professional Football League, which wishes to promote Ligue 1 abroad. But even if the two clubs had carried the project to the fight, it would have required the agreement of FIFA, which in the past has already opposed playing a European Championship match on another continent.