L’UNFP met Bordeaux en carafe

L’UNFP met Bordeaux en carafe

The UNFP decided to break the sacred union around Girondins de Bordeaux, finally relegated sportingly to Ligue 2 when they could sink administratively. In a press release, the professional players union puts on the table some small problems that are too quickly hidden, both in substance and in form. Above all, remember that the treatment reserved for the players cannot serve to hide the incompetence of the current management. Not being able to fundamentally change the situation, Gérard López, however, loses a bit of his aura and his savior halo…

You have to go to Twitter to find the actual summary of the UNFP position. “Wanting at all costs to ‘save’ the soldier López and the historic club he presides over, today locked in a barter logic, the authorities obviously did not take into consideration the future condition of the players… Amazing, right? » In short, in other economic sectors, the CGT would speak of a rogue kingpin who leaves the threat of factory closures on his shoulders to swallow quick dismissals and collect public aid.

DNCG discredited

Let us point out in advance that, unlike AS Saint-Étienne, a social plan has been put in place that entails the loss of 70 jobs (out of 300 jobs), while three quarters of the debt has disappeared or even the Bordeaux metropolis granted a good discount on the rental of the stadium. These future unemployed are for the moment the forgotten losers of the Bordeaux fiasco. But the UNFP intervenes in another registry. The ultra-majority players’ union questions French football about the medium-term consequences of the sequences from which we are just coming out. Contrary to general opinion, he is surprised that the DNCG can be contradicted in this way -although it has happened before- by the Federation. “The lightness with which the FFF will repudiate the DNCG, whose work in France is often praised and praised constantly, raises questions. » Thus “the credibility of an independent commission” is weakened. Gironde jurisprudence, with external and also internal political pressures in the LFP, inevitably weakens the force of the next decisions of this regulatory body, especially if it has to rule on the “institutions” of our elite. With the danger of establishing, according to the client’s boss, a double standard in the face of sanctions.

“Football players are not soluble at high temperatures”


Once the general scenario is established, the UNFP returns to its reason for being, the defense of the players-employees and their working conditions. The Union of co-presidents Kastendeuch and Piat is particularly outraged by the strongly expressed request to certain members of the staff, in particular those installed in the famous “loft”, to significantly reduce their emoluments. Ultimately, management imposes a form of economic punishment that shifts the blame, even the sin, for the club’s difficulties onto the ugly ducklings. “And, as is often the case, now it’s about shifting the responsibilities to the players. Because beyond the pressure exerted internally, the media impact of the measures advocated by the club has a single objective and testifies to Gérard López’s will that the players, who refuse to lower their salary, bear the reasons for a possible shipwreck. » In hollow, and much more explicitly on social networks, the UNFP does not forget the uses and customs of Gérard Lopez “boss”. And among them, this loft, certainly less scrutinized than that of PSG, where employees are relegated to unusual types of bullying. “Let’s skip the classic intimidation maneuvers especially when they can, as here, serve science: show that soccer players are not soluble at high temperatures by training at 3:00 p.m., in the middle of a heat wave, the players put on the gap” UNFP continues.

The tension is so strong that later, Paul Baysse, one of the “undesirables” still under contract and also a member of the union’s steering committee, divided a right of reply to counter rumors attributing the radical position of the UNFP to him. “If I had not been part of the loft, nobody would have accused methe defender writes. The UNFP plays its role with everyone and in every club. My situation is no longer easy to live with, thank you for not adding to it. » He then specifies that his participation in the union bodies refers mainly to referee/player relations.

So far the weather, with a small hint of anguish and the end of the enchanted parenthesis of demonstrations in the city center. Finally, the UNFP only poses, in a tone that effectively contrasts with the ordinary politeness of the small world of football, a very simple problem. Can the safeguarding of a historic club justify everything, and in particular all the behavior of the management? In this case, it is perfectly in his role, like Philippe Poutou when, as an elected official, he demands in vain to condition public aid on the guarantee that all jobs are protected. The legitimate sympathy we feel for the mobilization of sympathizers cannot hide this severe return to reality, especially in social terms. The players and especially the employees are going to pay the piper for a situation for which they have little responsibility…

By Nicholas Kssis-Martov


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