In the fight to stay in Ligue 1, Lorient (17th) goes to OL this Saturday (5pm) for the 36th day of the championship. Before this very high stake match since the Lyonnais are aiming for the podium, the president of the Merlus Loïc Féry has cracked a message on the refereeing body.
It is not only the Lorient and Lyonnais who will be under pressure on Saturday afternoon at Groupama Stadium. Mikaël Lesage, the referee of this poster for the 36th day of Ligue 1 (kick-off at 5 p.m.), will also have a lot on his shoulders. Already because of the stake. Very strong. Returning to a point from Monaco, OL are still aiming for a place on the podium synonymous with a ticket for the Champions League. Opposite, the Merlus, 17th with four units ahead of FC Nantes, barrage, want to take a step closer to maintenance.
But the man in black will also have to deal with unfavorable timing. While the money time crystallizes the tensions, the Lyonnais lived a particularly turbulent past weekend with the general fight between players after the final whistle of the Monaco-Lyon match.
A meeting at the end of which four players received a red card, angering Rudi Garcia and Jean-Michel Aulas. Hot at the microphone of Canal +, the Lyon president has thus called into question the impartiality of the referee. “I know that Mr Turpin has received praise from Monaco but it is not normal, he breathed. We have no luck with the arbitration. I am counting on Canal + to show the pictures, but there was a lot of adrenaline. “
Féry ensures “to have confidence in an impartial arbitration in Ligue 1”
This pressure surge did not go unnoticed on the side of the Hake. Without criticizing the attitude of his Lyon counterpart, Loïc Féry split this Friday with a message on arbitration on Twitter 24 hours before the opposition between the two teams: “To those who say that Jean-Michel Aulas would put a lot of pressure on the referees before the OL-Lorient match, I answer to have confidence in an impartial refereeing in Ligue 1. ” And Fery to add: “The future will tell us if I was right to believe it”. A pressure surge which would probably have gone well Mikaël Lesage.