Ajaccio v Bordeaux suspended after fans clashed in stands

The final game of Ligue 2’s matchweek 3 between AC Ajaccio and Bordeaux was marred by fan-related incidents with both sets of supporters clashing in the stands this Monday. Referee Gaël Angoula had no choice but to suspend the game after only 13 minutes played. According to L’Equipe, 64 members of the Ultramarines – Bordeaux’s main supporters’ (ultras) group – made the trip to Ajaccio’s Stade François-Coty. This despite the fact that a prefectorial decree had prohibited Bordeaux fans from coming to Ajaccio on Monday. However, the decree was published only on Friday, leaving little to no time for the Bordeaux fans who had already purchased their ticket to cancel their trip to Corsica.

Security services managed to remove the visiting supporters from the stadium. The game eventually resumed after a near 40-minute suspension. Girondins de Bordeaux released a statement in which they expressed their clear condemnation of the non-compliance by a small group of supporters with the prefectoral decree. The Ligue 2 club also condemns the violent scenes of fan unrest which followed. “The club trusts the authorities to take the appropriate actions.Les Girondins have already been hit by a 1-point deduction for this league campaign after a member of the Ultramarines shoved a Rodez player to the ground during the previous campaign’s final game.

GFFN | Bastien Cheval

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