The UNFP attacks Gérard Lopez


Problems are piling up for the Girondins de Bordeaux and especially their president Gérard Lopez. After having left Lille in a rather unfortunate way, then the recent problems in Mouscron, the businessman is this time the target of the UNFP. The players’ union has issued a scathing statement in which it complains about the treatment of certain elements invited to leave the club with the scapular, like Laurent Koscielny. A method reminiscent of the eviction of some LOSC players at the time. “July 2017 … July 2019 … and January 2022! Lille … Bordeaux … and Bordeaux. Gérard Lopez and Gérard Lopez. In July 2017, under the presidency of Gérard Lopez, the LOSC put eight players on the sidelines. In July 2019, the Girondins de Bordeaux had placed six … In January 2022 under the chairmanship of the same Gérard Lopez, the Girondins (current 17th in Ligue 1) have just declared that one of their player will have left before the end of the months, that three others are in “disgrace”, and finally, that two other footballers, also under contract, are put aside “, begins the UNFP, before continuing.

“That in the land of the wine-king, one decides thus – and once again … and once too many!” – to put pressure on players, to “foot” them on the ball, so that they prematurely renounce their contractual engagement, is unworthy of a big club like the Girondins de Bordeaux, which, at least and unlike some great vintages in the region, it does not hide behind a deceptive label, but whose merchants, sorry the leaders, openly display their contempt for the signed contracts, their partial reading of the article 507 of the Professional Football Charter to better divert its meaning and spirit rather than wondering, precisely, about the management of their own squad, when the time came to multiply contracts without having the feeling of pushing the plug a little, much too far, with a disproportionate assembly. Finally, whatever the cellar master or the year, 2019 … 2022, this Bordeaux is, for the UNFP, undrinkable. “ The suit is tailor-made.

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