Zungu says Amiens relegation is “not fair” as French club goes to court

Bafana Bafana midfielder Bongani Zungu says Amiens relegation is “not fair. Picture: Amr Abdallah Dalsh / Reuters
Bafana Bafana midfielder Bongani Zungu says Amiens relegation is “not fair. Picture: Amr Abdallah Dalsh / Reuters

Bafana Bafana midfielder Bongani Zungu’s club, Amiens, are challenging their “unjust” relegation in court after France’s Ligue 1 season was ended early because of the Covid-19 coronavirus outbreak.

Paris St-Germain were awarded the title last month, with Amiens and Toulouse relegated after the French government cancelled the 2019-20 season.

Amiens were 19th on the table, four points behind Nimes and 10 points ahead of Toulouse, with 10 games to play.

But the decision did not go down well with the club and its president Bernard Joannin said they would fight the “unfair decision”.

Zungu broke his silence on Twitter saying: “Not fair! We are all hurting!”

Joannin said at a news conference: “We find that this decision goes against sporting fairness. The decision is a punishment from the league. It is unjust.

We are not contesting the decision to stop the season. That is not really the object of these proceedings. It would be a bit inappropriate.
Christophe Bertrand, Club lawyer

“We have been forced into fighting, into going to court to try to overturn this unfair decision.”

Earlier this month, Amiens launched a petition asking that the league’s governing body, LFP, to reconsider its decision to relegate the two sides. The club proposed that the league should have 22 teams instead of 20 for next season.

This would include Lorient and Lens, which have been promoted from Ligue 2.

Club lawyer Christophe Bertrand said: “We are not contesting the decision to stop the season. That is not really the object of these proceedings. It would be a bit inappropriate.

“However, what we are contesting are the consequences of the decisions that were taken,” Bertrand said.

The Bafana midfielder and another Bafana midfielder Lebogang Phiri, have been stuck in France since the league was called off, have asked Safa to help him return home. - BBC and City Press reporter


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