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Lyon boss facing sanctions over comments on league rivals

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PARIS -- Lyon president Jean-Michel Aulas is facing sanctions from French football authorities for his defamatory comments about rivals.

Aulas, who has always been keen on playing mind games, targeted Guingamp president Bertrand Desplat and Paris Saint-Germain boss Nasser Al-Khelaifi during a talk show on L'Equipe TV channel.

Answering a range of questions from his taste in wines to his favorite players, Aulas said choosing between Desplat and Al-Khelaifi would amount "to choose between the plague and the cholera." He ultimately said he would pick the PSG president.

Reacting to Aulas' tirade, the French Football Federation said in a statement on Monday that it asked the league disciplinary committee to summon Aulas to a hearing.

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