Olympique Lyon suffered a nasty home defeat on Tuesday at the Memphis Depay comeback. Lille won at Groupama Stadium with 0-1. At Girondins de Bordeaux-Nîmes Olympique, angry fans of the home team caused a striking delay in the first half.
Halfway through the second half, Lille-striker Jonathan Ikoné crowned himself as matchwinner in the away match against Olympique Lyon. The Frenchman kept a good footing between three defenders and calmly pushed the ball into the corner.
Memphis had just changed at the time of the only goal of the match. The captain played his first match for Lyon since November 2. He then went on to play for another 45 minutes for the Dutch national team in the European Championship qualifying match with Estonia (5-0 win), but in that one half he sustained the same thigh injury that had previously kept him aside.
Trainer Rudi Garcia, who named the Dutchman two weeks ago the permanent captain of Olympique Lyon, called it "disrespectful" and "a shame" that Memphis was drafted by Dutch team coach Ronald Koeman. The attacker missed the last three league matches of his club and the Champions League match with FC Zenit.
Kenny Tete came in on Tuesday after 25 minutes at Olympique Lyon, which had won its previous two league matches. Garcia's team is eighth in Ligue 1 with 22 points.
Memphis Depay received 66 minutes of play time from his Olympique Lyon coach Rudi Garcia. (Photo: Pro Shots)
Bordeaux fans are coming to the field in protest
The match between Girondins de Bordeaux and Nîmes Olympique was silent for 25 minutes, as a group of angry fans of the home team came to tell the story of 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.
The offended banner of the fans of Girondins de Bordeaux.
"This is sad and unacceptable"
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.
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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