first team / Communiqué

Club statement

Published on the 23 December 2010 à 19:05

In conformity with what was announced by certain media outlets last night, the Olympique Lyonnais chairman Jean-Michel AULAS met with the Sports Minister Chnatal JOUANNO, yesterday afternoon in Paris.

During this interview which was an opportunity to make a broad overview of the situation of French football, the sports minister confirmed the commitment of the State to ensure the best success of the organization of the Euro 2016 in France, particularly its involvement in the implementation of various infrastructures.

Jean-Michel AULAS recalled the main lines of the dossier concerning the stadium of lights at Décines (soundness of the chosen site, a reference in terms of sustainable development and citizenship, quality of the accessibility and private funding) as well as the obsolescence of the Stade Gerland and the technical impossibilities of a renovation which complies as much with the criteria of UEFA and the needs of Olympique Lyonnais.

The OL chairman finally confirmed that the choice of the stadium of lights at Décines was indeed the only way to react promptly to the 5 star standards of the specifications of UEFA and allow Olympique Lyonnais to acquire the necessary infrastructure for its development in order to compete with top European clubs.

Jean-Michel AULAS also insisted that the project, as much as himself, was neither right wing nor left wing, but simply a project of general interest, that of Lyon and all France in the  perspective of the Euro 2016 tournament.