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The Girondins de Bordeaux sanctioned with administrative relegation to the third division


Thibault Nadal and AFP
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9:16 p.m., June 14, 2022

The Bordeaux club, sportingly relegated to Ligue 2 at the end of the 2021-2022 season, was sanctioned with an administrative demotion to the lower level in National 1, the equivalent of the third division, a decision likely to call, the Professional Football League announced on Tuesday.

The Bordeaux club, sportingly relegated to Ligue 2 at the end of the 2021-2022 season, was sanctioned with an administrative demotion to the lower level in National 1, the equivalent of the third division, a decision likely to call, the Professional Football League announced on Tuesday. The LFP made this decision public after financial examination of the Girondin club, owned by businessman Gérard Lopez, by the National Directorate of Control and Management (DNCG). The club has seven days to appeal from the day after the decision was notified to it.

Bordeaux facing major financial difficulties

Bordeaux is plagued by recurring financial difficulties and has not been able to reassure the DNCG, the financial watchdog of the French League. These setbacks are added to a catastrophic sports season, ending in last place in Ligue 1, with an unprecedented relegation since 1991-92.

These developments come one after the arrival of Gérard Lopez at the head of the Girondins. The Spanish-Luxembourgish leader landed in the summer of 2021 as a savior at the head of Bordeaux, despite a blurred image, in particular by the end of his Lille period where he had been ousted from LOSC for financial problems.

Chance of the calendar, the League announced on Tuesday that the DNCG had taken “no action” against the Lille club.


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