Crisis-hit Bordeaux are relegated to France’s THIRD TIER amid crippling financial difficulties

Crisis-hit Bordeaux are relegated to France’s THIRD TIER amid crippling financial difficulties with the six-time French champions already expelled from Ligue 1… as the club voice their ‘CONTESTATION’ over a ‘brutal’ decision ” and makes a call

  • Bordeaux were dropped to France’s third tier due to financial problems
  • The six-time Ligue 1 winners finished bottom of the French top flight last season
  • The club appealed the ‘brutal’ decision and pledged to stay afloat

Bordeaux have been thrust deeper into crisis after being relegated to the third tier of French football due to their growing financial problems.

The six-time French champions and former Champions League quarter-finalists finished lowest in Ligue 1 last season and were therefore already ready to play in Ligue 2, but their vulnerable condition forced the DNCG – the dog guard of French football – to drop them another division.

The club are said to have a deficit of around €40m (£34m), according to RMC Sport, with new owner Gerard Lopez desperate for the help of investors to pump money into the club.

Bordeaux, hit by the crisis, was relegated to third place due to its growing financial difficulties

The six-time French champion finished last in Ligue 1 last season, with just 31 points.

The six-time French champion finished last in Ligue 1 last season, with just 31 points.

The call to place Bordeaux in the National Championship 1 was met with “dismay” from the club’s hierarchy, who called it a “brutal” decision and confirmed that they would appeal.

“Les Girondins de Bordeaux will appeal the DNCG’s decision to relegate the club to National 1,” the club said in a statement.

“It is with dismay that the FCGB takes note of the decision of the DNCG to announce an administrative relegation to the third level. The club will obviously appeal the decision immediately.

“This brutal decision, after nearly two hours of hearings in good conditions, deprives the club of pursuing its strategy to clean up its finances and write a new page in Bordeaux history.

The club - led by David Guion - expressed dismay at the decision

The club – led by David Guion – have expressed dismay at the ‘brutal’ decision and will appeal

Heard on June 14 by the DNCG, the club presented a guaranteed re-engagement of the majority shareholder of $10.4 million, an agreement with the debtors of the club as well as offers for a few players more than the total amount targeted.

“The club remains confident in its ability to demonstrate a solid project for the 2022-23 season and the call will allow time to finalize new solutions to secure Ligue 2 status.”

Bordeaux picked up just 31 points in the top flight last season, scoring 52 and conceding a league-high 91 goals. Indeed, it was the most goals a team had conceded in Europe’s top five leagues.

The DNCG tried to relegate Bordeaux to Ligue 1 last season but the club retained their place after a fierce battle.

Bordeaux finished with 31 points last season and scored 91 goals - the most in the top five leagues

Bordeaux finished with 31 points last season and scored 91 goals – the most in the top five leagues

It comes as St Etienne, who were also relegated to Ligue 2 last season, are being investigated by French authorities over suspicious player registration and agent activity, with their offices being searched by the police.

Bordeaux received a boon from Aurelien Tchouameni’s £85million move to Real Madrid after the player started his career at the club, but even that win wasn’t enough to stave them off financial turmoil.

They will be spending their first season outside the top flight since 1991-92, and their fate represents an incredible fall from grace for a club of this size. They have won 22 trophies, made regular appearances in the Europa League and reached the Champions League quarter-finals as recently as 2009-10 – the year after their last Ligue 1 win.

Bordeaux was sold to French businessman Gerard Lopez last year after being placed in administration.

Lopez – the former Lotus Formula One team president – has fought to keep the team afloat by slashing its huge salary budget.

Samuel Kalu was sent to Watford in January while Hatem Ben Arfa and Youssouf Sabaly were both released on free transfers. Former Arsenal defender Laurent Koscielny – one of the club’s highest earners – also left for free.

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