After finishing 3rd in the last National Championship, FC Villefranche Beaujolais lost in the accession play-offs against QRM (1-3, 0-2). But the financial situation of the Girondins de Bordeaux let them predict a possible repechage in L2. The president of the club Philippe Terrier, questioned just before the formalization of the maintenance of Bordeaux in Ligue 2 by the FFF, is today furious to note that after two failed exams before the DNCG, the Bordeaux of Gérard Lopez ended up s ‘get out. He denounces a double standard and thinks that this will set a precedent.
Would you find it unfair for the FFF to save Bordeaux?
Tuesday morning, a supporter told me a little story that I find very interesting. Imagine, in France, a guy who fails his baccalaureate. Then who goes to catch up and who misses again. But his dad has a lot of influence and a lot of money, and he gets a third session for his son where the marks he had before will no longer be taken into account. Top experts would be there to upgrade the boy. Then he comes back, and we give him the baccalaureate. And we applaud him. This story reflects the situation so much…
“People in high places at the Federation told me: ‘If it had been another club, we would follow the rules. But there, it’s the Girondins de Bordeaux.””
In what precisely?
Let Gérard Lopez come before the CNOSF, OK. But that he comes there with completely new elements, then there… No, no. The CNOSF, normally, is supposed to validate or invalidate what the DNCG has done, by looking at the elements provided to the DNCG. But there, they looked at new elements! It’s totally illegal, we’re on to something wacky. High-ranking people in the Federation told me: “If it had been another club, we would follow the rules. But there, it’s the Girondins de Bordeaux.” But wait, we’re in a democracy, aren’t we?
You don’t believe in the Girondins file?
I don’t know, there are 14 M€ which appear… There are people who give up 40 M€, like that… But who gives up 40 M€? Where have you seen this before? It does not exist. Now, I don’t want to argue about it. All I know is that if he had €14 million, he just had to put it in front of the DNCG. He had a first exam, he failed it. Then he had a second exam that he had to prepare well, and he failed that too. Too bad for him.
“If Bordeaux is saved, it will be very complicated for the DNCG to demote other clubs”
The third chance does not exist?
No, or else it exists for the big clubs, not for clubs like us. Just take the example of Sète. They missed their two passages in front of the DNCG, they are demoted. They want to take the case to the CNOSF, but the Federation said: ”they are demoted”, that’s all. We don’t give them a third chance. There is not the same rule for everyone. Let someone tell us if it’s not the same for the big clubs, that way, we’ll know. They can go past the DNCG and talk nonsense, then we’d better be good, otherwise we’ll be massacred.
How do you see the sequel?
Ah, that’s going to make a case! If Bordeaux is saved, it will be very complicated for the DNCG to demote other clubs. They will no longer have any authority the poor. Given the good work they are doing, if Bordeaux is ever saved, they will destroy everything they have done for years. In terms of legitimacy… There won’t be any more, it would be destroyed. »