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This Saturday evening, the Girondins de Bordeaux played perhaps, in the general indifference of a heavy camera, the last match of their long and glorious history within the professional sphere of French football. The 2-1 victory against the modest Real Union Irun could not make us forget the terrible news that is falling on the club with the scapular, suspended from the decision of the CNOSF on whether or not to stay in Ligue 2, and which is causing great concern in the city. from the port of the Moon.


On a Saturday in July, it is 2 p.m. and rue Sainte-Catherine, the historic artery of Roman Burdigala, is packed to the brim on this day of the great summer sale. In the crowd, you might think you could see the dozens of navy, white or even red tunics, all adorned with the same scapular proudly enthroned on the chests of supporters displaying a “sacred union” in reaction to the disaster that is falling down. on the biggest sporting monument in the city. However, in reality, the only shirts that we see are those of the big European teams, more likely to attract a young generation who did not know the great hours of glory of FC Girondins de Bordeaux.

“Since the decision of the DNCG, I have been dejected. I do not accept the idea of ​​seeing my club go out slowly and being helpless…”
Clarisse, desperate student

Catastrophe and Great Consequences

In front of the club shop, passers-by for the most part refuse to speak on the subject, often after flat excuses citing the lack of time, but always with the same shifty gaze and face of fear. Frédéric, 40 years old and rather a fan of the UBB (the local rugby club), finally stops: “It’s a disaster for the city. The Girondins are stakeholders in the local and national sporting heritage, and we hope that they will remain in Ligue 2. ” A sober speech, shared by many local actors, starting with the mayor Pierre Hurmic (EELV), who made this file a political affair in which the Minister of Sports herself had to communicate.

The finding, however, turns out to be there: according to the decision of the CNOSF expected Monday or Tuesday, the culmination of a process of conciliation between the club and the FFF, the Girondins could find themselves banned from French professional football. Much to the chagrin of their supporters. “Since the decision of the DNCG, I have been dejectedsays Clarisse, a 20-year-old student and supporter of the club since she was little. I don’t accept the idea of ​​seeing my club go out slowly and of being powerless… This club is absolutely my whole life! »

It is also about the lives of 300 employees, and a female team that “pays for the sporting setbacks of his male counterpart” plague Thibaud, creator of the ScapGirondines Twitter page. Indeed, the Bordelaises, third in D1 last year and on the verge of qualifying for their first group stage of the Champions League in September, ended the season in the soft underbelly of the championship, weighed down by the disinterest displayed for them by a Gérard Lopez who, when he was the owner of LOSC, had already brought down the female Mastiffs in D2. “Since the elimination in the Champions League, the team has been dismantledcontinues Thibaud. Many left in anonymity, while they honored the navy and white jersey… It’s a shame! »

“We hope to be able to play next Saturday against Valenciennes. » David Guion

A hidden concern within the club itself

But within the club, the time is not to dwell on what has been done well or not. Priority is given to the rescue of the club. After the victory acquired this Saturday in a friendly, the coach, David Guion, tried to display a form of confidence: “I’m like you, I don’t know any more. We are optimistic and we hope that it will go ahead of the Federation to be able to play next Saturday against Valenciennes. » An answer that contrasts, however, with the mask seen on the faces of certain employees when asking this question. Worry or helplessness? It is difficult to decide, but nevertheless, many prefer optimism: “In view of the elements presented, there is no longer any reason to be worried. It’s up to the CNOSF to be fair with the club now. , thinks Antho, a 32-year-old fan. One thing is certain, FC Girondins de Bordeaux, an institution whose football section was created in 1919, will experience one of the most crucial weeks in its history. At the end of this, he will have, whatever happens, to begin a reconstruction, more or less long, to find the place which is his in the French football landscape.

By Emmanuel Hoarau, in Bordeaux
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