April 17, 2024

OM-OL, Lyon boycott confirmed?

After the Ligue de Football Professionnel’s Disciplinary Committee, the French Football Federation’s Higher Appeals Committee has delivered its verdict on the incidents that led to the OM-OL clash in Marseille on October 29. It ruled that the Lyonnais appeal was inadmissible, just as the Ligue had ruled two weeks earlier that OM could not be held responsible for an act of malice …

After the Ligue de Football Professionnel’s Disciplinary Committee, the French Football Federation’s Higher Appeals Committee has delivered its verdict on the incidents that led to the OM-OL clash in Marseille on October 29. It ruled that the Lyonnais appeal was inadmissible, just as the Ligue had ruled two weeks earlier that OM could not be held responsible for an act of malice committed outside the Velodrome stadium.

This decision, inevitably, was poorly received in the capital of the Gaules. I’ve got strong shoulders, even if it doesn’t look like it, and I’m back. But of course it’s a day that really affected me a lot, really a lot… The lack of punishment is unacceptable, said Fabio Grosso, the Rhône coach who was the victim of the Lyon bus robbery in Marseille last month. I’m in this business to go and play in stadiums with the incredible atmosphere that Marseille has to offer.ire inside its stadium. But as far as I’m concerned, the absence of any specific sanction in relation to that day is unacceptable!

Grosso still marked

A fortnight ago, OL’s director of soccer Vincent Ponsot made no secret of what his club was expecting from this appeal: a relocation of the Olympico to a neutral ground and a closed session. In the end, the OM-OL match will be played in Marseille and in public; and according to RMC, the Gones, tired of not being heard, will not go so far as to take the matter to the Administrative Court. However, a Lyon boycott cannot be ruled out. Indeed, until a few days ago, this hypothesis had not been totally ruled out. We’re not there yet, said Vincent Ponsot. We’ll see when the appeals are over and we’ll talk about it with the players and staff.

This Friday, Fabio Grosso does not seem to be drawing a line under the boycott option either, which, if retained, would mean the forfait pur et simple de l’OL – donc la victoire de l’OM sur tapis vert. We’ll see what happens, and then we’ll decide when we know what’s going on, says the dejected Italian coach. It bothers me a little, a lot… For me, we have to make a decision, we have to do something. It’s unacceptable not to. I stand by what I say.