PSG-OL act II! While the shock of D 1 female decisive for the attribution of the title is supposed to take place only in two weeks, Saturday March 14 at 15:30 at the Jean-Bouin stadium, the match has already started off the field. At the beginning of the week, Lyon was moved by the refusal of the French Federation (FFF) and the Paris club to postpone the match from Saturday to Sunday March 15.
The Rhone club wishes to benefit from an additional day of rest due to the late return of several of its internationals, in particular those who will compete in the SheBelievesCup in the United States until Thursday morning, French time. Determined to succeed and to contest the meeting on Sunday, OL leaders decided to refer to the French National and Sports Committee (CNOSF), as they announced in a statement released Wednesday evening.
Programming of #PSGOL in @ D1Arkema! https://t.co/QSeC576pEY- OL Féminin (@OLfeminin) February 26, 2020
"Olympique Lyonnais took note with astonishment and despite the FFF's decision to unfairly schedule Saturday, March 14, kick-off at 3.30 pm, the PSG-OL match counting for the 17th day of D 1, says the champion of France continuously for thirteen years. This unfair decision ignores the physical integrity of four players from Olympique Lyonnais (Editor's note: Bronze, Greenwood, Parris and Kumagai) , but also from one of PSG (Editor's note: Paredes) , even if the Parisian club seems be satisfied with this programming. "
"Olympique Lyonnais will initiate proceedings in the coming hours before the CNOSF so that this programming is canceled and the match scheduled on another date which is, in perfect coherence with the protection of the players, the fairness of the competition and the interest of the Canal + broadcaster ”, he continues before citing as an example the success of Canal +'s audience during the previous shocks in November 2018 (462,000 viewers on average) and November 2019 (321,000).
"I will do nothing at the expense of the two clubs"
Faced with the same problem several times this season, PSG had also already complained about the calendar, without ever being heard. Monday evening, in response to a first attack by OL, the Parisian club had justified its refusal in a statement. "After having studied all the possible alternatives and despite its good will, the PSG notes that the conditions do not allow to respond favorably to the request of Olympique Lyonnais," he wrote. The teams will be on an equal footing, they will have to compose without some of their international players. "
Wednesday, after the announcement of the list for the French Tournament, Corinne Diacre was asked about the future use of Parisian players (5 selected) and Lyonnais (7) during the three games of the Blue against Canada on March 4 in Calais, Brazil and the Netherlands on March 7 and 10 in Valenciennes. "It is obvious that for the two clubs in question, I will pay attention to the playing time of the players concerned so that everyone can find their way around," replied the three-color coach. This tournament is certainly friendly, even if we will have important objectives, but I will not do anything to the detriment of the two clubs. "