In a statement released on social media earlier this week, the family of deceased EA Guingamp striker Nathaël Julan, who lost his life this month in a car accident on his way back home from training, demanded that club president Bertrand Desplat, alongside manager Sylvain Didot, do not attend the player’s funeral, which took place today in Le Havre.
Julan had been excluded from 1st team activities and was playing in the 4th division of French football for Guingamp’s reserves for the majority of the campaign. The statement read:
“Taking into account the events that preceded the death of Nathaël Julan and in order to allow us to mourn in peace, we would like for the following people not to make an appearance at the ceremony that will happen on Thursday 16th January at 09:30 in the Notre-Dame Cathedral of Le Havre.”
These wishes have been respected by Guingamp. Also on the list of individuals who Julan’s family did not want to attend today’s ceremony were L’Équipe journalists Matthieu Huet and Benoît Donckele, as well as former team-mate Yannick Gomis and the agent responsible for bringing Julan to Guingamp in the first place, Laurent Schmitt.
The player’s family did not provide any further explanation as to why they did not want these men to attend.