Ligue 2 : l’UNFP charge les Girondins de Bordeaux, le club se défend

Les Girondins de Bordeaux avant le premier match de la saison en Ligue 2.

I was too calm! It was necessary to come to shake this beginning of environmental serenity around Girondins de Bordeaux after their first victory of the season in Rodez (3-0). Thus, this Tuesday, the UNFP decided to publish a scathing press release against the club and Gérard López, its owner and president. A text in which the National Union of Professional Soccer Players attacks the FFF for having kept Marina and Blanca in Ligue 2, the club for having created a “loft” this summer and the Hispano-Luxembourgish for its management and communication methods.

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Above all, the union criticizes the Girondins de Bordeaux and more particularly Gérard Lopez “for handing over to popular condemnation [les joueurs misent à l’écart dans ce “loft”] on the back of a pay cut. The UNFP considers that the Bordeaux management has been stating for several days that if the club cannot sign it is because of these “undesirable” players who would refuse to lower their income by 20% to release payroll after the reduction of the Navy and Blanco in Ligue 2. The club would add fuel to the fire against players who have already been vilified for months due to the sporting relegation of Armada and Blanco, beyond the fact that it is a little brown for the UNFP to go and ask the fired players to get off the salary in addition to helping Girondins de Bordeaux.

First letter from the UNFP to the LFP dated July 18

Actually, this pay cut story is just the straw that broke the camel’s back. In fact, according to our information, the UNFP wrote a letter to the Professional Football League on July 18 to alert it to the establishment of a “loft” at the Château du Haillan. In it, the union denounces several things: the differentiated recovery date between the professional team and its eight dismissed players (Oudin, Baysse, Medioub, Kwateng, Rouyard, Mexer, Zerkane and Niang), working conditions (schedule, land, etc. .) in which the latter evolve through training with the reserve from the resumption or the medical follow-up granted to the members of the so-called secondary group.

Finally, as is often the case in this type of situation, the UNFP requests that these players be reincorporated into the professional group as soon as possible. Upon reading this letter, the LFP sent a “request for observation” on July 25 to Girondins de Bordeaux so that the club would respond to its accusations within eight days.

No complaints were received from these sacked players

Always according to our information, this is what the Bordeaux management did through a letter on August 2, before this news of a salary cut. In this three-page document, the Girondins of Bordeaux make several claims. First of all, that no player has sent any complaint or simply alerted the club of a possible problem with their working conditions. Marine et Blanc also specifies on this issue that Delphine Chatelin, a federation player, member of the CSE and representative of the club’s players, has not been arrested in recent weeks. More surprising still, the club claims that these players were not even aware of said letter from the UNFP after having exchanged with some of them. The agent of a “lofter”:

Every time I read one of your press releases, I wonder if it’s an intern doing this. The text is stupid, what relationship with López and the DNCG? You can (and should) denounce the dismissal and the salary reduction demands, but the rest is irrelevant and above all it completely distorts the message to the point of turning against the players.

Gérard Lopez the president and Admar Lopes the sports director of Girondins de Bordeaux © Radio France
Juana Maisiat

In this letter, Girondins de Bordeaux also responds point by point to the union’s allegations. They explain that the recovery in two stages was a matter of organization, that training at 3:00 p.m. during a heat wave is a choice of the secondary group squad to adapt to the weather. It would have been less hot, then, in mid-afternoon than in the evening. For the record, the club will send the temperature readings in the annex. On the ground, the management rejects its “catastrophic state” as the UNFP claims. Regarding the medical follow-up, he explains that these eight players have a doctor and a physiotherapist at their disposal and that the main examinations were carried out during the recovery.

The club recalls in passing that in accordance with the provisions of article 507 of the Professional Football Charter, it is free to manage its squad as it sees fit between July 1 and September 1. Finally, today he adds to France Bleu Gironde that the salary reduction is included in the LFP Statutes without saying more about the subject, and that the creation of this “loft” and the election of its members are purely sporting decisions.

Baysse defends himself

This is what we might call the deal within the deal. After the publication of this press release on Tuesday, Girondins defender Paul Baysse, a member of the “loft”, wanted to react through social networks. The one who is also elected to the UNFP steering committee made a point of specifying that he is in no way behind this press release and that he is tired of being “insulted and defamed” for things for which he is not responsible. Remember that you joined the union for a very specific reason and ask supporters “don’t add a layer” so what “His situation is no longer easy to live with.”

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