John Textor was quick to take his bearings at OL and in French football. The American has attacked PSG frontally about its academies around the world. The Parisian response was not long in coming.
If some Lyon supporters thought that John Textor would let Jean-Michel Aulas manage everything at OL while watching from the United States, the American took it the wrong way. The new American owner of OL follows in the footsteps of Aulas, not hesitating to attack the rivals of the Lyon club in the press. After gently mocking OM, he more specifically attacked PSG. In the newspaper The Team, he insinuated that the academies spawned by Parisians for children around the world only produce to sell them dreams and future player contracts. For him, they are mainly aimed at the profit of the Parisian club.
PSG defends itself, replies and reprimands Textor
The reaction of the Parisian club was quick and violent. Responsible for the PSG brand, Nadia Benmokhtar swept aside John Textor’s accusations. ” Apparently, this gentleman does not know that the recruitment of minors abroad is prohibited by the international regulations of FIFA. And that promoting to young Americans who are under 18 to recruit them in Paris would be illegal “, she said.
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PSG also reacted officially by attacking the businessman for his ignorance of the laws and football. ” John Textor did not understand the very essence of the PSG Academy. It is above all a football school. Who can boast of having 162 centres, in 18 countries, capable of welcoming a total of 22,500 children who live their passion? It’s not about giving jerseys, having a license, but a real global training network, recognized as one of the best football schools! Paris Saint-Germain trains educators, who in turn pass on the values of excellence, pleasure, fair play and enable the development of thousands of children. On a smaller scale, Olympique Lyonnais is trying to do something similar with its academies. I don’t think it’s a question in these Lyon academies, just like in that of PSG, of distributing jerseys. The new investor should know better what is happening beyond Florida “, he published. If uncertainty reigns regarding OL’s ability to sportingly challenge their Parisian counterpart this season, in the media John Textor has specifically launched hostilities in any case.