OL: support system, salary … what happened during Gunnarsdottir’s maternity hospital in Lyon

The day after statements by Sara Björk Gunnarsdottir, who explained that she had not been fully paid by OL during her pregnancy, RMC Sport explains how the French club handled the Icelandic’s pregnancy, a new case for the time. Olympique Lyonnais. Coach Sonia Bompastor reacts for the first time.

What happened in supporting Sara Björk Gunnarsdottir’s pregnancy and return to the field? OL, aware of being able to progress in this type of new situation, is at fault according to Fifa for the payment of Gunnarsdottir’s salaries and the club had to pay him 82,000 euros following a decision by the Fifa football court. Nevertheless, it should be remembered that at the time of the birth of little Ragnar there was a legal vagueness on the salary coverage of the players during their pregnancy.

Fifa validated reforms at the end of 2020 for 14-week maternity leave with compulsory payment of salary, but no rule on this same salary from the moment the player is off work and does not carry out any other activity within of the club – a right of the pregnant player. The federal contract does not protect the players on this aspect, most of them subscribe to additional insurance to protect themselves in the event of a major injury, for example.

Gunnarsdottir refused an accompanying device from the club on his return

An episode which obviously recalls the need to standardize the situation on the salary aspect through a global structure that will be the future Professional League. Gunnarsdottir was off work from April 2021. In the midst of the Covid crisis, she would have insisted in particular on returning home to her relatives, which is understandable, but without having really discussed the subject with her management, d ‘after our information.

The technical staff nevertheless kept in touch with the midfielder when she was in Iceland, as explained by coach Sonia Bompastor, appointed at the end of April 2021 and mother of four children: “Romain Segui, the physical trainer, the also very regularly for follow-up during pregnancy and post-delivery. He was the referent at the staff level to be able to set up all this work. Camille Abily, my assistant, had some contact with Sara, to have a follow-up and because we wanted to know how her motherhood was going, as mothers ourselves. We also wanted to organize her return in the best possible way for January 2022.

Some observers of the women’s section emphasize the investment of employees and staff for the return of the former Icelandic international. Indeed, according to our information, it was OL who found the nanny for the baby and tried to help their player as much as possible when this situation was also a discovery in the functioning of the team. OL even offered Gunnarsdottir a test trip: leaving with the group, his baby and his nanny to approve the feasibility over the duration of a season. Proposal refused by the interested party according to our information.

A device yet put in place for the attention of Amel Majri for the trip to the Champions League at the end of last year. The Lyon number 7 was able to travel with Maryam and the nanny, while keeping the rhythm of the group as best as possible in preparation for a European match. Organization renewed during the recovery course in Les Sables d’Olonne at the beginning of January.

“The framework is not rigid, we are listening”

“Regarding Sara and Amel, we had the same discussions and the same proposals. What we put in place for Amel, we had also proposed to Sara. We had shown that we wanted to develop things and to take into account the fact that she was a mother beyond being athletic. Despite everything, it remains an experiment, the frame is not rigid, we are listening”, details Bompastor, fully blooming in this double role of mum-coach in Lyon.

She also confides: “My feeling is that it was new for the club, at the management level they relied a lot on our sensitivity as women to Camille Abily and me. They were attentive to to that. We were in the dialogue and the exchange with Sara from the moment she came back. As it was a new situation, there was a framework to put in place. And we wanted her to feel the best possible as a mother, to be able to perform on the athlete. Indeed, perhaps everything was not perfect because it was also new for the club. But I have the feeling that at the level of the staff technique, we had made sure to put in place several things to allow her to feel fulfilled as an athlete and a mother.

A player not appearing in the indisputable holders

When Gunnarsdottir returns to the field, the competition in the midfield at OL is no longer the same as when he left. In the meantime, the American world champion Lindsey Horan, Damaris Egurrola, Danielle Van De Donk (in recovery at the end of last season) and Catarina Macario have arrived on the banks of the Rhône. Without forgetting Amandine Henry or Dzenifer Marozsan, always there. Until the end of the 2021-2022 financial year, the Icelandic (out of contract in June 2022) will only make six appearances in official matches, each time as a substitute.

Coach Sonia Bompastor explains: “Sportingly, I would like to restore the reality that I assume. It was I who decided not to continue with Sara. As soon as she returned, she was an integral part of the group. I I judged her only on her performances and during the matches, even if Sara was a player that I already know a little bit. In the midfield, I had a lot of competition and players who responded better to what I wanted to put in place. In terms of performance and profile, it did not match my expectations and my game plan.” A sporting performance that will mean that she will not be extended at the end of her contract and will take over the management of Juventus.

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