The form and content can surprise the uninitiated, and recall the great hours of Jean-Michel Aulas' Lyon. But on social networks, many supporters of Olympique de Marseille welcomed the statement published Tuesday night by the club, in which he "asks for more respect for him". OM "notes an accumulation of decisions taken against it during the 2022-2023 season" of Ligue 1, and believes that these have "already a major impact".

Official press release from Olympique de Marseille.

— Olympique de Marseille (@OM_Officiel) May 9, 2023

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Unsurprisingly, it is primarily refereeing that is targeted or, more precisely, "unfair treatment related to a lack of uniformity in the application of the rules for the use of VAR". The current third in L1, since its defeat Saturday night in Lens (2-1), targets four situations, in Bollaert precisely but also against Monaco (1-1), PSG (1-0) and against Strasbourg (2-2).

Here is an excerpt: "While the decision to let Alexis Sanchez play following contact with a Lensois defender is considered a manifest error by the VAR, the clean sole of the Monegasque defender not whistled on Sead Kolasinac in the penalty area was not."

TFC programming - Lens in the viewfinder

In addition, OM "notes glaring inconsistencies in the development of sports calendars for the 2022-2023 season". In the line of sight, matches scheduled for Friday evening at the return of the international breaks of September and March, respectively in Angers (0-3) and against Montpellier (1-1), "less than 48 hours after the return of selection of some of its senior players".

The Marseille club is also offended (without mentioning the match) of the programming of TFC-Lens (0-1) on May 2, three days after the Toulouse victory in the final of the Coupe de France. The northern rival had won in a largely reshuffled team.

If we add criticism on "certain decisions of the Disciplinary Commission of the LFP", we say that the Marseille leaders had really big on the heart and that they obviously felt the need to verbalize their wrath.

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