Luzenac AP had thought they hit the jackpot in 2014 when they won promotion to Ligue 2 for the 2014/15 campaign.
They were destined to become the smallest ever club to compete in the French second tier, but were ultimately blocked by league authorities from making the step up after they ruled that Luzenac’s stadium was inadequate.
In a cruel twist of fate, Luzenac were forced to release their 1st team players and use their reserve squad to play in the French 7th tier for the 2014/15 campaign.
Yesterday, the second chamber of the Bordeaux Administrative Court of Appeals reversed a judgment made by the Administrative Court of Toulouse on 16th May 2017. It also annulled the decision made by the LFP on 27th August 2014.
Luzenac should have had the right to participate in Ligue 2, they ruled. A spectacular turn of events and a moment of justice almost five years to the day that they were cruelly blocked from ascending into French professional football.
The LFP’s board of directors therefore illegally blocked Luzenac. What happens next is the big question – this is unprecedented in the world of football. The LFP could appeal to the “Conseil d’Etat” to reverse this decision, which multiple sources indicate they have already done.
If the decision from the second chamber of the Bordeaux Administrative Court of Appeals holds, will Luzenac be financially compensated, will they be put into Ligue 2 after all? This ruling produces more questions than answers.