Bordeaux-Nice: Girondins attack VAR after penalty without whistle

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Bordeaux’s goalkeeper coaches, President Gérard López and Gregory Coupet, expressed regret over not awarding a penalty to their team at the end of the match against Nice for a foul by Jean-Claire Todibo on Jean Onana in the penalty area. With this defeat during the 35th day of Ligue 1 (1–0), the Girondins are drawing closer to Ligue 2.

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This is a new controversial action that has had direct consequences for Bordeaux. After being beaten this Sunday (1-0) by OGC Nice, the Girondins move closer to Ligue 2, four points behind the play-off spot in Saint-Etienne three days from the end. At the end of the match (86th) David Gione’s team could have got a penalty.

After trying to take a ball with his head, Jean Onana fell into the penalty area, being doubled over the jersey by Jean-Claire Todibo back and forth over his back. Video aid intervened but surprisingly did not punish Bordeaux. This is enough to anger Bordeaux’s goalkeeper coach Gregory Coupet. “What is failing me is that the VAR has been requested… I was there for the video but Mr. Platini, you were right, it doesn’t bring much”, enraged the former doorman on his Twitter account .

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The video referee found that the referee, Johann Hamel, had not made an apparent error in this action, therefore regretting for Bordeaux who then lost for the 18th time of the season. Andy Delorte had crucified Onana and his teammates a few minutes earlier (74th) following a Tom Lacoux mistake. “We take a goal where the ball hits Tom, we are not awarded a clear penalty, lamented President Gerard López, for his part. This is a season where nothing is going well.

Nevertheless, after the match, David Gione spoke of a logical defeat “given the number of adverse conditions”. “We succeeded several times, but we still gave a target and felt a lot of fever in the boys. Technically, we saw that we were down, reacting to the technician coming during the season. There, we were in big trouble. The boys get into it, I assure you, but it is not enough, as we have seen. There is fever, there is anxiety, which we have to overcome quickly.

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Next Sunday (3 p.m.), Bordeaux will move to the lawn of Angers, which has yet to be saved for keeper but has an eight-point lead over its future rival, with 35 points. A defeat, based on results from Clermont and Saint-Etienne, who play on Wednesday, could see Gerard López’s club already relegated to Ligue 2.

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