Most refer to it as the good old transfer window. Some call it the Silly Season. If you are an Olympique Lyonnais fan, you might know it as Reverse Christmas, or that time of the year when your favorite club is pillaged, rather than showered in gifts.
Just when you thought you had forgotten the bad result against OGC Nice and the infuriating image of Genesio and Aulas feeding us false positivity and propaganda in a post match press conference. The name Genesio again crawls its way into your brain, except this time the reasons are outside the confines of football.
One year is long – far too long – to be out of the Champions League. Fans have to settle for Thursday night football, players look to move away for more glamorous nights, and most importantly, Olympique Lyonnais’ coffers weep quietly.
It’s fair to say that Lady Luck has smiled upon Lyon in recent Champions League campaigns, though in true Lyonnais fashion, they struggled to capitalize. This time, the draws brought mixed fortunes for Genesio’s side.
UEFA suspensions are gifts that keep on giving.
Yesterday, UEFA finally handed down their sentence for last season’s Europa League match against CSKA Moscow. You know, the racist fan behavior, crowd riots, and illegal fireworks? Fun times.
In their infinite wisdom, UEFA has decided that the punishment will be one home match played behind closed doors, with another on probation – that is, fans better be on their best behavior, or Lyon will have to play a second closed match.
In all the excitement for the new season, I’ve forgotten the axe that’s hanging over OL’s neck. In case you’re like me and pretending that this isn’t happening, here’s a recap:
Last March, during the Europa League Round of 16 game against CSKA Moscow, UEFA charged Lyon with the following:
– Throwing of objects and setting off of fireworks
– Crowd disturbances
– Blocked stairways
– Racist behavior