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    12 June 2023

    Pitch invasion costs Bordeaux promotion from Ligue 2 against Rodez

    Bordeaux Denied Promotion After Abandoned Match

    French football’s governing body has denied Bordeaux promotion from Ligue 2 after the team was handed a loss for an abandoned match with Rodez. The game on June 2nd had to be called off when Rodez goalscorer Lucas Buades was pushed over by a pitch invader.

    The decision means that Bordeaux finished third, while Rodez avoided relegation at the expense of Annecy. A point has been docked from Bordeaux for next season and their south stand will be closed for four games, two of which are suspended.

    Bordeaux planned to appeal the decision to the French Olympic Committee.

    What Happened?

    In order to gain promotion, Bordeaux needed to better Metz’s result in the final round of matches while Rodez sought victory as they looked to avoid relegation. However, Buades was attacked as he celebrated giving his side the lead and was removed on a stretcher due to concussion injury.

    The referee subsequently abandoned the game leaving both teams unsure about their fate until now. Metz beat Bastia 3-2 securing second place alongside champions Le Havre who were promoted automatically.

    Appeal Process

    Bordeaux have said they plan on appealing against this ruling given by French football’s governing body. Supporters of the club are also not happy about the decision and have taken to social media platforms expressing their displeasure.

    However, it remains to be seen whether an appeal will overturn this ruling or if Bordeaux will remain in Ligue 2 for another season as a result of fan interference.


    The decision by French football’s governing body has denied Bordeaux promotion from Ligue 2 due to an abandoned match with Rodez. While some may question the ruling, there is no doubt that fan interference played a role in this unfortunate situation. It remains to be seen what the future holds for Bordeaux and whether they can make it back into Ligue 1 next season.

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