Lyon are exploring the possibility of taking legal action against Ligue 1 after officials decided to end the season using the current standings causing the club to miss out on a Champions League spot.
The French top-flight was cancelled on Tuesday after the country’s Prime Minister Edouard Philippe decreed that sport could not be played until September.
That meant that the championship and European places were awarded on a points per game basis, and Paris Saint-Germain were awarded a third successive Ligue 1 title, while Marseille and Rennes took the other two Champions League places.
Lyon meanwhile finish seventh, outside of the European places, and in a statement on Thursday evening say the league should have been resolved on the pitch rather than in the boardroom.
The club’s statement read: “Given the judgment of the French Ligue 1 Championship, decreed today by the League, Olympique Lyonnais reserves the right to appeal against this decision and claim damages, in particular under the loss of chance and in light of the jurisprudence of other professional sports which are currently in progress, since the damage for the club amounts to several tens of millions of euros.
“Olympique Lyonnais sincerely congratulates the champions, PSG for Ligue 1 and Lorient for Ligue 2, who were proclaimed today and hopes that OL Féminin [the Lyon women’s team] can quickly have the same consecration.”
Their claim is that the LFP has acted too quickly in cancelling the season, that this method does not meet the UEFA request that “sporting merit” determine European qualification, and that a fairer method would have been a series of play-offs to determine matters – although they admitted PSG are worthy champions.