This was the shock news in France this Tuesday evening, the Girondins de Bordeaux were downgraded to National 1 by the DNCG. However, they do not intend to stop there.
The financial guarantees of the owner of the Girondins, Gérard Lopez, were deemed insufficient by the financial policeman of French football. After a first examination of the file which had offered a reprieve to the Bordelais, the sanction fell during the second interview. No Ligue 2 but a stay in National 1, the third level of French football for Bordeaux. A shock for French football and a first for the club, even if it was in the era of time. However, Gérard Lopez does not intend to stop there. The club issued a statement in the evening announcing an appeal of a ” abrupt decision “.
🚨 Club release.
– FC Girondins de Bordeaux (@girondins) June 14, 2022
” It is with dismay that FC Girondins de Bordeaux takes note of the decision of the National Directorate of Management Control (DNCG) pronouncing the administrative demotion of the club to National 1. The club obviously immediately appeals this decision. Auditioned on June 14, 2022 by the DNCG, the club presented the guarantee of the re-engagement of the majority shareholder in the amount of €10 million, an agreement with the holders of the club’s debt, as well as offers to sell a few players, whose cumulative amount exceeds the objectives set by the Commission. While the transfer window has only just begun, the sales of players have not yet been able to materialize. Despite concrete proposals from the club’s management to guarantee the sustainability of the club, the DNCG sanctioned the agreement with creditors which was deemed insufficient, the absence of pre-financing of the sale of players, as well as the absence of abandonment by the lenders of profit-sharing on the sale of players in favor of the club “, he said. Gérard Lopez will have to be more convincing, otherwise the future of this monument will darken very quickly.