The French Football Federation (FFF) Appeal Commission confirmed on Tuesday the decision to demote Girondins Bordeaux to National 1, the third tier of French football, due to financial difficulties. Bordeaux, meanwhile, continues to seek diligent legal means.
Six-time French champion Bordeaux is said to be in debt of about 40 million euros. The board of directors of the DNCG (Directionnationale du contrôledegestion dufootballprofessionnel français), which oversees the finances of French clubs, has decided that Bordeaux should participate in National 1, not League 2.
The club appealed and came up with a strategy to improve the financial situation, but it didn’t help. The FFF Appeals Commission has confirmed the demotion to Level 3.
“The FFF Appeals Commission’s decision jeopardizes the club’s survival,” Bordeaux said in a statement.
The president of Bordeaux is Gerard Lopez, the owner of the (former) 1B Club Royal Excel Mouscron. The club filed for bankruptcy at the end of May.
“This decision is unacceptable and incomprehensible,” Lopez said. “Tonight, I’ll tell the fans, the people of Bordeaux, and everyone who has the color of the club bloody. I’ll fight to the end, so I’ve decided to appeal this unjust decision. . “