Lyon president Jean-Michel Aulas is clearly fond of the sound of his own voice and comes out with more press interviews than the club's manager. Aulas will not miss an opportunity to get himself attention so the games against Tottenham have provided a perfect opportunity for him.

After the last match, which Spurs won 2-1, he suggested that decisions had gone the way of the Premier League side because the referee was Portuguese. Speaking to Ouest France he said:

"I think objectively, without making any relationship between the referee and his Portuguese nationality and Tottenham's Portuguese coach, there was a blatant penalty on Bafé Gomis."

He also managed to refer to Gareth Bale as the 'English Juninho', which may have been a compliment regarding his free kick taking ability but was certainly slotting him into the wrong nationality.

This time, as he prepares to welcome Tottenham Hotspur to Lyon, he's referred to the club as 'Rosbifs' and his comments have been picked up by Le10 and others. 

The easily offended would probably accuse him of using mild xenophobia, much the same as they would if an English club boss referred to Lyon as 'frogs'. Aulas is probably trying to show off in front of the media and getting himself some attention.

He said the Europa League is made for clubs like Lyon and therefore he could not imagine them losing to the Rosbifs. If his side do go out, then no doubt he'll find someone to blame for it.

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