Suspended Lille coach Marcelo Bielsa didn’t attend a gathering with membership officers on Wednesday as a part of his on-going dispute with the Ligue 1 facet.
Bielsa was provisionally suspended final week after Lille misplaced endurance with the Argentine coach, who they solely appointed on a two-year deal final summer season, with the facet caught within the French top-flight’s relegation zone.
As a part of the process laid down in French legislation, Bielsa had been scheduled to satisfy membership officers on Wednesday, the day after the previous Athletic Bilbao and Chile boss had referred to as on the French Soccer League (LFP) to rule Lille had been fully in charge for his removing.
Bielsa didn’t, nonetheless, attend the assembly, and his lawyer defined that they may make their case to the LFP subsequent month.
“There was no cause to go,” his lawyer, Carlo Brusa, mentioned of Wednesday’s assembly. “The prevailing authority is the LFP’s Disciplinary Fee, in response to the skilled soccer constitution.
“On 12 December, we’ll be there to make sure Mr Bielsa’s rights are revered. We’ve got requested that my shopper’s contract be terminated with LOSC completely at fault.”
If the LFP rule in Bielsa’s favour, Lille can be obliged to pay up the remaining months of his contract, which French media have estimated would price the membership €14-16 million.
Ian is ESPN’s French soccer correspondent. Twitter: @ian_holyman