While Bordeaux frantically await the decision of the CNOSF (French National Olympic and Sports Committee), the future of the Villefranche-Beaujolais club (National 1) is also suspended from that of the Girondins. The Ligue 2 championship resumes in less than 10 days and none of the teams are guaranteed to participate. An unbearable situation for the president of the Rhone club, Philippe Terrier, who condemns the lack of sporting justice. Maintenance.
Philippe Terrier, the decision of the CNOSF (regarding Bordeaux) will come down in the next hours, even the next days, what do you expect from this one?
Today I am very concerned about this decision. There are influences that are being put into action. We are no longer in sporting justice at all. DNCG had done its job properly. Bordeaux malfunctioned and did not bring the elements to DNCG on time, and today we learn something new every day. Either the DNCG is recognized and we consider that it has done its job correctly, or we think that the DNCG is useless, that we can go through it by saying anything, by bringing any document and afterwards calling. If Bordeaux is fished out with CNOSF and the influence of ministers, I think it will set a precedent. There will be justice for the big players who will have gone to hit where necessary and the small clubs who have done their job, we will not consider them. Villefranche will be this year’s new Luzenac 2022.
Exactly, you are talking about sports equity. Do you think that Villefranche is not being respected for its fair value or that Bordeaux is too big a club that is not going to go away?
The media only talks about Bordeaux. We talk very little about Villefranche, it is not allowed. In reality, a budget like Bordeaux represents 40 years of budget for a club like Villefranche to look after 650 licensees, 35 teams of kids. We manage to do the job properly and there are people who have managed to spend 120 million euros and be in the red at the end of the year, and are they the ones to be fished out? It is absolutely outrageous. Because politically they want support because they want to have told everyone some nonsense. In the end, the rich will win and the poor will lose. Personally, I appeal to the government. If we are not fortunate enough to be received by the minister, I pray that justice be done in this country. DNCG did their job well, they proved that Bordeaux had done their job badly. So we respect DNCG and FC Villefranche.
A while ago you talked about trying to defend yourself, how would you prepare? What arguments will you make?
We are not in the Bordeaux environment at all, we do not come with 50 lawyers, an armada of journalists, politicians. We are just a small club doing our job. Of course we will try to defend ourselves, but we will never have the means to activate a major battle. We just want justice and let the sporting powers make the decision. It is up to the DNCG and the Confederation to do so, not the politicians. I would like to point out that in Bordeaux the only person who had an intelligent word, and this is incredible, was Philippe Poutou, who said that the politicians in Bordeaux had done something wrong.
If the CNOSF decision is not favorable to Bordeaux, despite their possible appeals to the FFF’s COMEX and to the Administrative Court, would you already consider yourself in Ligue 2?
Of course ! I would consider myself in L2. I really want them to be right, that they have all the power, but at some point you have to bang your fist on the table and say enough is enough. There is a small club that has done its job. So okay, sportingly we missed the playoffs twice, but what we did with our resources is exceptional. We must recognize our sporting qualities and leadership qualities. We must leave ourselves alone and let ourselves work. Bordeaux may be in danger, but so are we. We don’t know what to say to sponsors, coaches, players, future recruits. They put us in a disastrous state. Bordeaux just had to do the job normally. It was necessary to present a correct file to the DNCG during their second visit. They were not able to do that, and suddenly we are told stories of 14 million, it is unacceptable. Either they knew how to do it or they didn’t know how to do it and that’s it.
Coming to Villefranche, the preparation changes according to the start of the N1 (mid-August) and L2 (July 30) championships. Finally, where are you?
The LFP had reassured us by telling us that if we were ever drafted, we would definitely play the first two games offbeat. We have friendlies at the moment with one player still injured against Grenoble. Our team is so small that my coach told me he didn’t know if he could play two more friendlies. At the slightest injury, I can’t put together a team.
And in terms of recruiting, which also changes depending on which division you’ll be playing in, where are you?
We have signed contracts with many young people. We focus on young talents. Although they may not be able to claim to start in L2, they will be able to emerge. In any case, they will be there to compose the group and why not help our reserve to go up to National 3. At the last minute, we want to make players who believe in our project and could be integrated into the team.
You had chosen the Jean-Laville stadium in Gueugnon as your home stadium as yours was not approved for L2. A visit was planned for the second half of July for approval, is it progressing?
It is today that the Federation comes to approve all the work that has been done. You must know that the work was undertaken at our expense. Gueugnon would like to do us a favor, but the cost is at our expense. So we incurred costs without knowing whether it will be used for anything or not. We go upside down.
How do you see the future? Want more clarity?
I can’t even imagine not being in Ligue 2. It is not possible for the association to put itself in such a comical situation. I don’t see how DNCG could accept. Bordeaux nevertheless took the liberty of criticizing the DNCG’s work. When I saw it, I said to myself that these people allow themselves impossible things. For me we are in Ligue 2, it is obvious, it cannot be otherwise.
So you move forward in the blur, is it hard to project yourself?
Although we have been tense for the last few hours, the group is mentally solid. We want the resources to come back at the right time. LFP can be proud of having saved Villefranche and we will show that we have our place in L2.