Dimitri Payet mocks ‘opportunist’ Lyon president over void Ligue 1 season call

Former West Ham star Dimitri Payet has mocked Jean-Michel Aulas after the Lyon president did a Karren Brady and called for the French season to be voided.

All matches in France's top two leagues have been suspended until further notice in a bid to combat the spread of COVID-19.

And Aulas, whose Lyon side finished third last season, wants a “blank season” with no promotion and relegation and the Champions League places "allocated to the same clubs as last season".

Lyon are down in seventh place in Ligue 1 – 10 points off the Champions League places. The seven-time champions have not finished below fifth place since 1998.

He added: "The most logical thing would be to say 'we'll cancel everything and go back to the situation at the start of the season,'" he said.

The Lyon owner then cited the call from Brady, whose West Ham side are only out of the bottom three on goal difference, to cancel the Premier League.

There has been an outcry in France led by Marseille who are second in the table under Andre Villas-Boas.

Payet took to Twitter to ask if Aulas was serious and added the hashtags: #hehascracked and #needtotakehistemperaturequick.

And Marseille president Jacques-Henri Eyraud added: “When his fever has come down, Jean-Michel Aulas will see the obscenity of his opportunism.

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