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Football: Gazélec Ajaccio goes offside

Gazà © lec Ajaccio opted for the policy of the empty chair: released in National 1 at the end of the 2018-2019 season, after its defeat in the playoffs against Le Mans, the club Corsican refused to play, Friday, August 2, in Saint-Ouen (Seine-Saint-Denis), his first league match of the third division. The Ajaccians did not appear on the pitch at Bauer Stadium, where the Red Star players had no opponents and won 3-0, a tariff for a package.

Under the whistles, the kickoff was still given by the referee, in the rules of the art, at 8:15 pm. The goalkeeper of Red Star, SÃ © bastien Renot, even made the show by scoring in goal, empty, and celebrating with mid-entertained half-missed spectators this missed rendezvous. After the end of the match, whistled in the wake, the Seine-Saint-Denis club decided to practice on the field, to end in beauty this championship recovery incredible.

Maintaining FC Sochaux in disputed Ligue 2

This situation is the result of a conflict now open between Gazà © lec Ajaccio and the Professional Football League (LFP), which has pushed the Corsicans to boycott this match. A press release was published on the official website Gazà © lec Ajaccio two hours before the start of the match, explaining the reasons for this decision. On June 12, the National Directorate of Management Control (DNCG, hosted by the LFP) sentenced FC Sochaux-Montbéliard (L2) to lower division demolition (N1 ) following budget abnormalities. This decision ensured, at that time, the maintenance of Gazélec Ajaccio in Ligue 2 (eighteenth of the championship).

Except that, at the beginning of July, following the presentation of new financial guarantees by the Sochaliens, the appeals committee of the regulatory body said it was favorable to the maintenance of the free club. -comtois in second division, thus canceling Gazelec's repechage. This judicial overpayment was challenged by the Corsican club, which seized, July 17, the Administrative Court of Paris (TAP) to try to cancel this decision.

Friday night, the decision was not made and the club chose to boycott the match: "While awaiting an order by the Paris Administrative Court and the refusal of the FFF National Competition Committee to postpone the match on Friday 2 August At 8 pm against Red Star FC, the GFCA [Gazélec Football Club Ajaccio] There is no choice but to take the painful but only decision that imposes itself: do not present your professional team at the kickoff of the meeting  »explains the statement.

Monday, August 5, the TAP has made its decision, rejecting the request of the Corsican club. President Olivier Miniconi has expressed his "Surprise". Â € œFor us, itâ € ™ s the total misunderstanding of this issueâ €, added Mr. Miniconi, quoted by "An action on the merits will be continued, with long delays"however, said the chairman of the GFCA.

What penalty for the Corsicans?

After the incidents at the beginning of June during the return leg of the playoffs of Ligue 2 opponents at Le Mans, where Corsicans had attacked some journalists and supporters of Le Mans present for the occasion, the Gazà © the risk of new sanctions, beyond the simple default (3-0).

Article 10 of the National 1 and 2 Championship Rules states that a lost or forfeit game results in a one-point loss, which could therefore cause the club to start. of the Island of Beauty with a negative total. According to article 26 of the regulations of the National 1 and 2 championships, Gazà © lec Ajaccio could also be obliged to pay compensation to Red Star, "An allowance equal to the average of the gross receipts realized on his land by the latter since the beginning of the current season".

Finally, according to this article, in case of recidivism, it is the penalty "General package" which could be applied to the club, thus leading to an automatic relegation in National 2 and a place of last of the championship. The leaders of the GFCA have already assured that their team would participate in the second day of National, scheduled for Friday 9 August, with the reception of Avranches .

Sacha Virga

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