The French competition duel between Girondins de Bordeaux and Nîmes Olympique stopped for 25 minutes on Tuesday, as a group of angry fans of the home team came to talk about refusing a critical banner.
The 'Ultras Girondins', the fanatic fans of Girondins de Bordeaux, have been angry with the management of their club for some time. The six-time champion of France is in the hands of the investment companies King Street and GACP, but those two parties are arguing.
The supporters brought a large banner on Tuesday evening with a critical text about the board, vice president Frédéric Longuépée and director Antony Thiodet. "Against King Street and the puppets Longuépée and Thiodet", it was written in block letters.
However, the banner was taken before the game, much to the anger of the 'Ultras'. A group of dozens of fans therefore took to the field in the opening phase of the match against Nimes Olympique.
Referee Clément Turpin saw no other option but to temporarily stop the game in the eleventh minute. During that break, among others, Longuépée tried to talk to the fans, but that did not have any effect.
The offended banner of the fans of Girondins de Bordeaux.
"This is sad and unacceptable"
After more than fifteen minutes the board decided to give the supporters their way and to allow the hanging of the critical banner, so that the game could be resumed after a delay of 25 minutes. Bordeaux then registered a simple 6-0 win.
Longuépée spoke after the game against French media of a "sad situation for the club".
"This is unacceptable and not the image that we want to show of football in Bordeaux, especially since we have repeatedly called on the Ultras for a dialogue. I want to emphasize that I will not resign."
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