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“LOSC is mistreated”: Olivier Létang attacks the metropolis of Lille

At the heart of the standoff, the lawn of the Pierre-Mauroy stadium. Trampled during five Rugby World Cup matches, it struggles to return to its initial state, which is once again strongly criticized by the president of the club, Olivier Létang, in the columns of the Voice of the North this Friday.

“Everyone saw that the pitch was catastrophic,” he said. His condition is not suitable for playing at a high level. » Comments shared by LOSC coach, Paulo Fonseca, at a press conference that same day. The president’s statement is not made in a “context of results” in his words, it is a “structural” problem.

Lille won 2-0 yesterday against Olimpija Ljubljana, thus moving closer to the round of 16 of the Europa League. Last Sunday, Losc largely dominated OL during the 13th day of Ligue 1 and remained on third place in the standings.

“We were made promises that are not kept, and I now want us to know to what extent Losc is mistreated, starting with our community,” adds the president of the club, with the metropolis in his sights. European Lille, owner of the stadium, whose inaction annoys.

6.5 million euros in rent, the most expensive in Ligue 1

According to Olivier Létang, nothing is being done to correct the numerous malfunctions within the stadium, the deterioration of the pitch after the Rugby World Cup, but also the poor condition of the boxes. He also rants against the rent to be paid which he considers exorbitant and the highest in Ligue 1, reaching 6.5 million euros. In this interview, he also confirms having stopped paying him.

Non-payment that Damien Castelain, the president of the metropolis, had reported on RMC on November 14. “When we like it we should also pay the rents, which is not the case for Losc since 2021 and 2022,” he said, putting forward the amount of 6 million euros in arrears.

The relationship between the two authorities has been tense for many months. The metropolis had announced that it planned to “cocoon” the lawn, to “pamper” it. “Lille does not play in the stadium before December 3,” added the president of the metropolis. We will take stock at the end of November, but there are no plans to change the lawn.”

The subject is therefore still debated as much as this Sunday, Lille is indeed preparing to welcome Brest on its lawn. On paper this poster is a very good meeting of this ninth day of the championship. But LOSC coach Paulo Fonseca fears that the state of the pitch will darken the picture.

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