Jean-Michel Aulas believes the Ligue 1 season should be finished through play-offs after the 2019-20 season was cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic.
French Prime Minister Edouard Philippe announced that no sporting events will be allowed to take place until September and confirmed that there is no possibility of Ligue 1 resuming before then amid the ongoing fight against coronavirus, with France still in a state of lockdown.
“The big sporting affairs cannot occur before September,” he said in a national assembly on Tuesday.
“The 2019-20 professional football season cannot return.”
Aulas, however, believes that behind closed doors games, played on a one-off basis, could allow the season to be played to a conclusion.
UEFA have previously said they want all domestic league seasons concluded by August 2, and that qualification for continental competitions next season should be based on “sporting merit” rather than any other arbitrary reasons.
“I read carefully what UEFA said, they wanted us to go all the way to the end of the competitions, even if we might have to play on a reduced format and in August.
“So, I think there is an alternative way which would consist of supplementing this end of the championship with a series of play-offs for the top and for the bottom which would take place in August, perhaps even in July behind closed doors.
“Do not rush. I tell myself that, perhaps, in the deconfinement rules that have been proposed, there is still room to finish the championship.”
Source: News update