Players and staffs of the French Club, Olympique Lyon are confirmed to be unemployed following the club’s policy of not paying them salaries during the suspension of all competitions.
Coronavirus Outbreak or COVID-19 has indeed been felt the impact by a number of European countries. Italy is indeed listed as the worst country that has been exposed to the virus, but France also found many cases.
As a result, the Government adopted the same policy as other countries, locking down all activities that could trigger a crowd. Obviously, this decision affects all aspects of society, including football.
The French Ligue 1 competition has now been suspended, while the decision time is until early April 2020.
The policy of suspending all football competitions practically affects the financial condition of the clubs there, given that they do not get the maximum income, especially from the sale of match tickets.
Following these conditions, one of the French Ligue 1 giants, Olympique Lyon finally laid off players and their staff while football was suspended.
Not just a mere skewed report, but this news was immediately confirmed by the club.
“Lyon reports that we have placed all sports staff with partial unemployment status until further notice,”
“For those whose physical presence is needed for the continuation of club activities, they continue to operate at Groupama Stadium in accordance with strict preventive measures against the corona virus. Lyon also temporarily delayed payment of wages and salaries, “Lyon wrote on the club’s official website.
Please note, not only Lyon is implementing the policy, several other French clubs also do the same for the players and their staff.
Lyon itself is not very good in the campaign this season. They have difficulty competing in the top standings, even until the 28th week the club is still ranked 7th. In that position, they are still 10 points behind the top three.
But in the European Champions League, Lyon fared a little better. They are likely to qualify for the quarter-finals after winning the first leg match of the last 16 with a final score of 1-0 over Juventus.
Now a draw in the second leg in Turin is enough to pass the French representative to the quarter-finals. But, the European Champions League is also being suspended.