Rodez players after the attack on Lucas Buades in Bordeaux, during Bordeaux-Rodez, June 2, 2023. THIBAUD MORITZ / AFP
The outcome of the Ligue 2 season was played off the pitch. And in this game, Bordeaux – which misses the rise in Ligue 1 – and Annecy, relegated to National by ricochet, are the two losers at the end of the championship.
On Monday June 12, the Disciplinary Committee of the Professional Football League (LFP) decided to sanction the Girondins de Bordeaux for the loss by penalty of their meeting against Rodez, as well as the withdrawal of a firm point for the next season and of the closure for two firm matches and two suspended matches of the southern stand of the Matmut Atlantique.
Friday, June 2, during the 38th and final day of the championship, the aggression by a Bordeaux supporter of the Rodez striker, Lucas Buades, author of the opening of the mark against the Girondins, had led to the stoppage of the match between the two teams. Three days later, the disciplinary body had decided to place the case under investigation and not to ratify the result of the match at the time.
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This meeting was crucial for the two clubs since Bordeaux – in the fight with Metz – played its rise in Ligue 1 and Rodez – in the fight with Annecy – its maintenance in Ligue 2. At 1-0 for the Ruthénois, score of the game at the time of his interruption, the Bordelais of President Gérard Lopez missed their objective while his opponent escaped relegation.
To justify its decision, the LFP Disciplinary Committee mentioned “the seriousness of the facts” and noticed “the intrusion of a supporter to deliberately physically harm a player who had just scored a goal”.
Last season, several events involving supporters led to fairly strong sanctions for their clubs. After a hectic match between Nice and Olympique de Marseille in August 2021, in particular a bottle throw and an invasion of the field by ultras from Nice, the Nice people had been sanctioned with two penalty points (including one suspended). After a bottle throw that hit Dimitri Payet in November 2021 during an OL-OM, Olympique Lyonnais also lost a point in the standings. These two encounters had both been replayed.
Annecy victim of the decision by ricochet
Far from keeping a low profile, the Girondins de Bordeaux, whose financial situation is difficult and would be even more so in the event of failure to join the most profitable Ligue 1, had published a strange press release on Saturday to announce the filing of a complaint against Rodez for “violation of the rules relating to sports ethics and fair play”, publicly doubting the reality of the concussion of Ruthenian Lucas Buades.
“On Friday evening and over the following days, RAF crews [Rodez Aveyron Football] have, moreover, put forward various elements which have proved to be false and contrary to sporting ethics, in particular concerning the hospitalization of the player who suffered the fall and the impossibility of resuming the match while the security conditions were gathered”had defended the Girondin club.
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The decision to give the match lost to Bordeaux risks dissatisfying the Hauts-Savoyards of Annecy, relegated to National by ricochet – where FC Metz officially validates its rise in Ligue 1. Before the meeting of the commission, the president of Annecy, Sébastien Faraglia, developed the idea that if “no violence on the ground should take place”on the other hand “taking advantage of external events to profit from them, such as maintaining your club, by betraying football, is also contrary to sporting ethics”.
The leader had also protested against the hypothesis of a match won on green carpet by the RAF (Rodez Aveyron Football), “because it is the most elaborate form of cheating, which is very serious”. Words then qualified as“inadmissible” by the Rodez club.
[Communiqué] The Disciplinary Committee of the LFP today pronounced a decision that is as incomprehensible as it is disproportionate, both in view of the elements of the file and the case law. FC Girondins de Bordeaux will seize the CNOSF as soon as possible to defend… https://t.co/WAltad7FRF
This soap opera is not over yet since Bordeaux has decided to take the matter to the French National Olympic and Sports Committee (CNOSF): “The LFP Disciplinary Committee today delivered a decision that is as incomprehensible as it is disproportionate, both in view of the elements of the file and the case law. FC Girondins de Bordeaux will seize the CNOSF as soon as possible to defend its rights and sporting fairness. “A third club, Annecy could also try to appeal to challenge this sporting outcome in the courts.