Report from Lorient-OL: Féry denounces Lyon's "pressure" on the LFP when it was "possible" to play

Report from Lorient-OL: Féry denounces Lyon’s “pressure” on the LFP when it was “possible” to play

Scheduled for this Sunday, the meeting between FC Lorient and OL in Ligue 1 has been postponed to a later date due to a pitch at Moustoir in poor condition. But Breton president Loïc Féry denounces Lyon’s “pressure” on the League, and believes that the match could have been held.

The controversy around this Lorient-OL is not yet closed. This Sunday, the president of Les Merlus Loïc Féry publishes a message on his Twitter account in which he criticizes the decision to postpone the match, officially recorded due to the poor condition of the lawn at the Moustoir stadium, following the holding of the Festival Interceltic. But according to him, it is above all the “pressure” put by OL on the LFP which pushed the League to postpone the meeting, initially scheduled for this Sunday (1 p.m.).

Féry criticizes “the pressure from Olympique Lyonnais who threatened the LFP with claims for damages in the event of injury”

“FC Lorient was to receive OL at 1 p.m. today: all the FCL teams were delighted to meet our supporters at Moustoir to start the season at home, after our first victory obtained last Sunday in the Breton derby in Rennes, writes Féry on his Twitter account.Under the effects of the exceptional drought exacerbated by the holding of the Interceltic Festival, the ground was unfortunately deemed impassable the day before yesterday by the LFP competitions committee.The club teams remained convinced that the ground would have met the standards of the LFP this Sunday: indeed, the ground was already on Friday in the standards required in terms of hardness and rotation by the FFF”.

“Under pressure from Olympique Lyonnais, who threatened the LFP with claims for damages in the event of injury, the Competitions Committee unfortunately preferred to postpone this match, depriving our spectators of a great party at Moustoir on August 14, regrets the Lorient president. We are sorry and disappointed because we thought it was possible to play in Lorient this Sunday, without endangering the physical integrity of the players”.

Lorient tried to find a place of retreat

While Peter Bosz had feared injuries, especially for Corentin Tolisso, the Lyon club had shown its disagreement with the holding of the match, which could “endanger the physical integrity of the players” and therefore pushed for a postponement. And a relocation did not finally see the light of day, “despite the efforts of the FCL to find an acceptable fallback solution”, underlines Féry. The Merlus will have to wait until next Sunday to play their second match of the season, in Toulouse.

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