Romain Rouillard / Photo credit: THIBAUD MORITZ / AFP 17:58 pm, June 06, 2023

The disciplinary commission of the LFP, which must render its decision on June 12 about the incidents that occurred during Bordeaux-Rodez Friday, had work to do last season. The many excesses that had shaken French football established a form of jurisprudence that obscures the future of the Girondins.

It will therefore be necessary to wait a week before the Ligue 2 version 2022-2023 delivers its epilogue. The incidents that punctuated the meeting of the 38th and last day between Bordeaux and Rodez Friday evening are currently being examined by the disciplinary commission of the LFP whose verdict is expected Monday, June 12. As a reminder, the match had been interrupted and then definitively stopped after a Bordeaux fan entered the pitch to jostle a Ruthenian player who had just scored the first goal of the game. The Girondins had to win to keep a hope of climbing in Ligue 1, while Rodez was under the threat of relegation to National 1 in case of defeat.


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The incident that occurred Friday night darkens a 2022-2023 exercise that was that of appeasement in the stands after a 2021-2022 season marked by many excesses leading the disciplinary commission to make a whole bunch of decisions.

Match replayed on neutral ground for Nice-Marseille

And this from the 3rd day of the championship during a Nice-Marseillewhich had been the scene of a sad spectacle. Exasperated by the projectiles addressed to him, as he was about to shoot a corner, the Olympian captain, Dimitri Payet, had sent one back virulently towards the public. Enough to trigger the ire of the southern popular tribune whose most radical elements had managed to penetrate the field to physically fight with the Marseille players. As in Bordeaux, the meeting was definitively interrupted after long talks. The Côte d'Azur club had been given three matches behind closed doors and two penalty points, one of which was suspended. The match had to be replayed on neutral ground, in this case in Troyes on October 27, 2021.

On September 23 of the same year, OM moved to Angers and the match gave birth to a draw and virgin score and a very uninspiring game. Shortly after the final whistle, several Marseille supporters leave the visitors' parking lot to come to blows with ultras Angevins, whose stand is located right next door. More than enough to invite itself to the heart of the agenda of the disciplinary commission, which imposed a suspended withdrawal point on OM and the closure for two matches of the tribune of the ultras angevins. The SCO also had to pay a fine of 20,000 euros.

Six penalty points for Saint-Étienne

Five days earlier, the Lens-Lille derby had seen dozens of Lensois ultras rush towards the Lille park at half-time, accusing them of throwing projectiles at blood and gold supporters. The meeting had been interrupted for about thirty minutes in Bollaert but had been able to go to its end. Both clubs had escaped with a one-point suspended withdrawal. Two months later, the Olympico Lyon-Marseille will offer only two minutes of play to the 57,000 spectators of Groupama Stadium. The fault to a bottle received in the face by Dimitri Payet resulting in the immediate stop of the game. The match will be replayed behind closed doors and OL will be sanctioned with a point loss and two matches behind closed doors.

Dimitri Payet received a bottle in the face during a match against OL

Shortly before the holidays, the 32nd final of the Coupe de France between Paris FC and Olympique Lyonnais degenerates at the Stade Charléty. A fight broke out in the stands between supporters of both teams, leading to the exclusion of both teams from the competition. Finally, the Ligue 1 play-off between AJ Auxerre and AS Saint-Étienne, won on penalties by the Burgundians on May 29, 2022, had led to the invasion of the Geoffroy-Guichard lawn by disgruntled Saint-Etienne supporters. The presidential tribune had been targeted with pyrotechnic devices, forcing the police to intervene, equipped with tear gas. Verdict: six penalty points for the Greens, at the start of the 2022-2023 season and six games behind closed doors.

Surreal scene at the end of #ASSEAJA!
Just after the goal of the climb for AJ Auxerre, "supporters" burst onto the field and threw firecrackers and smoke...

— beIN SPORTS (@beinsports_FR) May 29, 2022

In the case of Bordeaux-Rodez, the disciplinary commission could decide to replay the match or impose a withdrawal of points to the Girondins. This would bury any hope of climbing to Ligue 1. The scenario of a Bordeaux defeat on the green carpet is also on the table and would allow Rodez to keep its place in Ligue 2. In other words, despite the persistent grey areas surrounding this affair, the short-term future of the Aquitaines does not encourage optimism.