“Following long discussions over the past few days, an agreement was finally found between King Street, Fortress and Gérard Lopez validating the project carried by the latter. The guarantees requested by the board of directors, which met in the middle of the day, were provided in the hours that followed. ” This Tuesday, the Girondins de Bordeaux, through an official press release, announced that Gérard Lopez was taking up the torch after the withdrawal of the previous majority shareholders.
Obviously, the Spanish-Luxembourgish businessman has yet to validate this takeover operation with the National Control and Management Department, the financial policeman of French football, to be able to truly launch his new project. For example, he will have to pay off the debts of the club to the scapular with other Ligue 1 teams in the transfers of Rémi Oudin, Yacine Adli and others (between 10 and 13 M €), explains The team. But, already, the first votes are rising in Ligue 1, upset by the return of the one who is accused of having left Lille, his previous club, in a deplorable state.
“I am disgusted. We create debts and we buy clubs. We said worse than hanging on Bastia but it is not better “, for example entrusted a member of the board of directors of the Professional Football League to The team. “I have nothing against Lopez but it is absurd that he is coming back when the previous Lille are very recent. The club was very close to the cessation of payments in January ”, for his part points to another leader of French football in the columns of the sports daily.
Also in high places, the file is closely followed. The president of the French Football Federation Noël Le Graët, who had described the new Bordeaux boss as a financial acrobat, is waiting to see. “He will pass in front of the DNCG which is the body empowered to judge and we will see if he has put the money”, he blurted out. One thing is certain, the surprising return to business of Gérard Lopez does not really please everyone …