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Football: "We suffered the cheating of Rouen"... Deprived of promotion to the National, Racing did not lose their temper

2023-12-10T18:31:21.327Z

Highlights: Football: "We suffered the cheating of Rouen"... Deprived of promotion to the National, Racing did not lose their temper. Racing CFF qualified for the 32nd final of the Coupe de France by winning in Villers-Houlgate (3-1) this Sunday afternoon. The last time the Hauts-de-Seine club reached this level was in 2003-2004. "It's good for the club, the fans," said coach Guillaume Norbert.


Racing CFF qualified for the 32nd final of the Coupe de France by winning in Villers-Houlgate (3-1) this Sunday afternoon. May


This Sunday on the field of Villers-Houlgate (N3), Racing (N2) went to win (3-1) a historic qualification for the 32nd final of the Coupe de France. The last time the Hauts-de-Seine club reached this level was in 2003-2004. Coached by Jean-Guy Wallemme, Racing lost in the round of 32 to Toulouse (1-3).

"It's good for the club, the fans," said coach Guillaume Norbert. Twenty years later, this is not insignificant. We were on a 5-game winless run in the league, so there was a bit of doubt. It's important to revive the momentum. »

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This qualification also punctuates a special week for Racing, directly affected by the announcement of the DNCG's sanctions against Rouen. Last season, the two clubs were indeed fighting for promotion to the National. It was Rouen that finally reached the upper floor.

But the conclusions of the DNCG, which has just deducted five points from Rouen, have inevitably caused a reaction on the Racing side. "Rouen has communicated inaccurate information in the presentation of its estimated 2023 accounts, the club should not have reached the National Championship and the equity has thus been broken," the DNCG wrote in its minutes.

The club's management is considering legal action

On Friday, Racing published a press release that protested against this situation: "The recent information provided by the DNCG about the financial situation of FC Rouen formally calls into question the validity of the Normandy club's promotion to National 1. This observation has very serious consequences for the very project of Racing, whose team should have gone up in place of FC Rouen. The financial damage is enormous, and the loss to the club's image is unquantifiable. Under these conditions, the club's management reserves the right to give this regrettable situation the legal action it deserves. »

Because of this non-promotion, the consequences are indeed enormous for Racing. On the financial side, the club had received the agreement of a major partner and local authorities (departmental council of 92, city of Colombes) to increase their subsidies. The construction of a training centre was also planned.

On the sporting front, the team has been stripped of its best players, including Adama Camara (Paris FC), Vénuste Baboula (Quevilly-Rouen), Adama Niakaté and Arnold Vula (Orléans), who have left for the upper floors. "If we went up to the National, I would have kept a good part of my players and I think we would have had a team to at least stay in the top flight," said Guillaume Norbert. There, I had to rebuild everything and now I learn that we were the ones who should have gone up... It's sickening."

"It makes my head hurt to hear all this," adds Guillaume Norbert. One wonders how these things are possible... When you see how tough the DNCG can be with clubs. We have the example of Poissy which is a friendly club that was sent to the 1st division of the District. However, they had presented a firm commitment from a partner to cover their debts. Rouen, on the other hand, cheated on its accounts, presented simple promises but it was still allowed to go up. »

"The financial damage is unquantifiable"

Guillaume Norbert hasn't forgotten how the season unfolded either. "Rouen picked up three points on the green carpet on the Poissy licensing case. These three points had a huge impact. When they come to us at the end of April, they should have been one point late. It changes the whole approach and the complexion of the game. They wouldn't have defended so much. We were really robbed of something. We did everything we had to do, but we suffered from the cheating of Rouen. The DNCG is very clear when it talks about fairness... »

The son of Patrick, the president who took over the club in 2018, continues: "In the off-season, we should have heard that Rouen could not go up and that it was Racing that was going up. I'm a coach and I'm already focusing on sporting prejudice. But the financial damage is unquantifiable. In reality, we will never know how many years we have wasted on our project. When you see how complicated it is to go for a promotion to the National... And it's going to become even more difficult with the reform of the championships which will return even more structured clubs to N2. We will continue to fight to move forward because in life, you always have to know how to get back up, especially in the face of injustice. »

Source: leparis

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