In an interview with the Team on Thursday, Jean-Michel Aulas admitted to having doubted his position to take at the time of the launch of the Super League on Sunday. But the boss of OL was quick to condemn the project, well helped by the president of PSG Nasser al-Khelaïfi.
Jean-Michel Aulas is a man annoyed by the current situation in European football. The president of OL has difficulty digesting the project of a European Super League, which quickly collapsed this week, where he felt he had been “cheated”. In an interview with the Team on Thursday, Aulas believes that “it will be time to find solutions so that this does not happen again”, not knowing if the dissident clubs deserve sanctions.
“It will never be the same again. We must ensure, if their return is made, that there is a long-term commitment not to see them launching again in this type of initiative”, also warned Jean-Michel Aulas, who did not hesitate to smash President Andrea Agnelli, at the initiative of the project with Florentino Perez, treating the leader of Juventus as a liar.
“I was convinced that it was necessary to refuse, but I did not know if I am going to say: we will never go”
However, could OL have refused an invitation to this Super League? As a reminder, the format provided for 15 founding members and 5 invited teams in a semi-closed league. “I wondered, as president of Olympique Lyonnais, if I had the right to neglect such an ‘opportunity’. I was convinced that I had to refuse and say it, but on the other hand, I I didn’t know if I had to say: we’ll never go, said Jean-Michel Aulas. We were talking about such enormous sums … “
No French club was included in this initial project, although we can imagine that PSG will be invited given their status in Europe today. However, the Parisian club, like Bayern Munich, was not in the plans at the time of the launch. “Nasser’s position (al-Khelaïfi) helped me a lot. I was irritated at the time by the manner and the means implemented by the PSG. But from the moment Nasser resisted more than all the others, it showed that it was necessary to follow the train UEFA and PSG, admitted Aulas, grateful to his Parisian counterpart. I called my senior partner, Jérôme Seydoux (co-shareholder). We had a long conversation on Monday morning, where we decided to stand united. Moreover, the president of UEFA, in full congress, said he appreciated the resistance of Nasser for PSG, of myself for OL, and of Bayern, clubs which did not follow. despite the considerable amounts that were at stake. “
Jean-Michel Aulas was present this Monday at the UEFA congress, and was entitled to the thanks of President Aleksander Čeferin. “On Monday morning, I intervened during a new board of the ECA to say that we had to look at what had to be done so that this type of story does not repeat itself, he added. the leader of the OL. I even wondered what we could do at the legal level. “