Players and coaches from the Ligue 1’s French top flight are “no-shows” after the players and coaches of their respective clubs were unable to attend a friendly match in the French capital because of the weather conditions.
The French Football Federation (FFF) confirmed to the BBC on Monday that the Lille-based Ligue 2 side, FC Lille, were unable, due to weather conditions, to take part in their clash against French champions Lille on Saturday.
A statement said: “Due to the weather, FC lille will not be able to take on the LFC at the Estadio das Dunas stadium.
We apologise to all our fans, staff and players, as well as to all of our Ligue-2 colleagues and the LFP.”
Lille were in action at the start of the season and won their first four matches before finishing sixth.
The LFC statement added that the federation is “sick of the nonsense that has been put on this matter and the fact that it has become an embarrassment for all of us.”
A spokesperson for FC Lilles said: “[The players] are absolutely not sick of being left out and, as you know, they have been very well received by fans and media.
They are not being selfish.”
Ligue 2 is the second tier of football in France after the Liguilla.