After the financial disengagement of King Street, the American owner of the club, the Girondins supporters gathered in the heart of Bordeaux to demand change and the departure of Frédéric Longuépée, this Saturday.
Girondins supporters have answered the call. This Saturday afternoon, many of them gathered to express their anger, two days after the financial withdrawal of the American owner of the club, King Street, which resulted in the club being placed under the protection of the Commercial Court from Bordeaux. Massed on Place Pey-Berland, in the heart of the city, they demand the resignation of President Frédéric Longuépée and call for the institution to be saved.
“The vital prognosis” of the committed club
It was the 1987 Ultramarines, a group of historic ultras, who called for the rally in the afternoon. “The vital prognosis of our beloved club is now engaged,” said the press release. We call on all those who have been scarred by this descent into hell […] to join us at Place Pey-Berland. We will take act 2 of “Nous les Girondins”. A manifestation of anger, pride but also dignity. “
On the spot, hundreds of fans waved flags and smoke bombs and sang songs to the glory of the team, giving the event an atmosphere of turn of the Matmut Atlantique. The main target of supporters has been, as for several weeks, Frédéric Longuépée. The president’s face was printed on hundreds of sheets, crossed out with the words “Wanted- € 40,000” and waved by the crowd. The anger was also resounding, with many chants “Longuépée resignation” sung in unison.
Tavernost and Juppé also booed
The demonstrators also expressed their resentment against Nicolas Tavernost, the owner of M6 who sold the Girondins to American investors, and Alain Juppé, the mayor of the city, both accused of having “dropped the club”. After an hour of chanting, the demonstration was finally dispersed by the police.
This crisis situation comes at the worst sporting moment for Bordeaux, currently stuck in 16th place in Ligue 1 and which sees the red zone approaching dangerously, before a crucial trip to Lorient on Sunday (3 p.m.). Two potential buyers have already come forward to the city for a buyout of the club, but its future remains more uncertain than ever.