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

Crisis-stricken Bordeaux are relegated to France’s THIRD TIER amid crippling financial difficulties with the six-time French champions already ejected from Ligue 1… as the club pronounce their ‘DISMAY’ over the ‘cruel’ decision and appeals

  • Bordeaux has been sent to France’s third tier due to financial problems
  • The six-time Ligue 1 winners finished at the bottom of the French top league last season
  • The club has appealed the ‘cruel’ decision and has vowed to keep its head above water

Bordeaux has plunged deeper into crisis after being relegated to the third tier of French football due to their mounting financial problems.

The six-time French champions and former quarter-finalists of the Champions League finished at the bottom of Ligue 1 last season and were thus already ready to play in Ligue 2, but their fragile condition has forced the DNCG – the French football watchdog – to keep them still. once to drop division.

According to RMC Sport, the club has a shortfall of around €40 million, with new owner Gerard Lopez desperately seeking help from investors to pump money into the club.

Crisis-stricken Bordeaux have been relegated to the third tier due to their mounting financial difficulties

Crisis-stricken Bordeaux have been relegated to the third tier due to their mounting financial difficulties

The six-time French champion finished bottom of Ligue 1 last season with just 31 points

The six-time French champion finished bottom of Ligue 1 last season with just 31 points

The call to place Bordeaux in the Championnat National 1 was met with “dismay” by the club’s hierarchy, who called it a “cruel” decision, and confirmed they will appeal.

Girondins de Bordeaux will appeal the decision of the DNCG to relegate the club to National 1, the club said in a statement.

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

The club - managed by David Guion - expressed its dismay at the 'cruel' decision and is appealing

The club – managed by David Guion – expressed its dismay at the ‘cruel’ decision and is appealing

“This brutal decision, after nearly two hours of interrogation in good circumstances, deprives the club of continuing its strategy of clearing its finances and writing a new page in Bordeaux’s history.

Heard on June 14 by the DNCG, the club presented a guaranteed majority shareholder return of $10.4 million, an agreement with the club’s debtors and offers for a few players in excess of the total target amount.

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

Bordeaux only managed 31 points in the top division last season, scoring 52 and conceding a total of 91 goals in the league. Indeed, it was the most goals conceded by a team in the top five of European competitions.

The DNCG attempted to relegate Bordeaux to Ligue 1 last season, but the club kept its spot after a fierce battle.

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