Olympique Lyon president Jean-Michel Aulas said the club is set to claim millions in damages after they missed out on a spot in European competition for the first time in a quarter of a century following Ligue 1's decision to call of the season.
The decision through a performance index - number of points per game weighed by a head-to-head record, resulting in Lyon finishing seventh on the Ligue 1 standings with no chance of a European spot for 2020/21.
“It’s a big loss of opportunity that has a financial value that amounts to dozens of million euros, which will be claimed in damages,” Aulas told local newspaper Le Progres.
“We see that these standings are illogical. I don’t want to single out a club more than another but Nice played at home more than us and faced Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) only once while we played them twice,” he continued.
Lyon were seventh after 28 games on 40 points, making it 10 points behind third-placed Stade Rennais, who occupy the last European Champions League qualifying spot.
“Over the last 10 years, OL (Olympique Lyonnais) caught up at least three times with the second-placed team while lagging more than 10 points behind,” said Aulas.
However, Lyon, who have been in a European competition every season since the 1995/96 season, are still part of this year’s Champions League.