Press release by Laurent Koscielny

It is in a deleterious environment that Girondins de Bordeaux are trying to save their place in Ligue 1. But as the days go by, the events that have occurred seem to push the Aquitaine club a little further towards the lower level. Recently, it was Benoît Costil who was accused of racism by some of the supporters. The goalkeeper is not alone as former defender Laurent Koscielny has also been singled out. Faced with these accusations, the latter chose to respond through a press release sent to the editorial office of southwest.

What’s next after this announcement?

“Following the article published in the Sud Ouest newspaper on March 22, 2022 entitled “Girondins de Bordeaux. Costil and Koscielny, accusations of racism that shake. Laurent Koscielny was surprised, dismayed but also saddened by the statements made by one of the representatives of the Ultramarines 87 Group against him, which are now echoed by the press. Without any ambiguity, he strongly denies these accusations that have seriously injured him and that necessarily affect his family and those around him. In this sense, Laurent Koscielny underlines that the investigative work of the newspaper Sud Ouest that he asked more than thirty people (according to the journalist’s statements) to formally deny the alleged racist behavior of Laurent Koscielny. As a reminder, if Laurent Koscielny has not been part of the club’s professional squad since the end of January 2022, he recalls that he is still an employee of Girondins de Bordeaux, now occupying functions related to the representation of the club. On this point, Laurent Koscielny wants to specify that he has decided to hang up the crampons when he would have preferred to help the club on the ground. Aware that the club was in difficulty, he accepted the offer made to him to take on a new role and release a salary, proof of the concern he has for the best interests of the club. For this reason, he wants to thank the club for the show of trust placed in him by entrusting him with this position. This mission is the extension of a career that has earned the respect of all his partners, coaches and staff with whom he has worked both at the club and the France national team. Laurent Koscielny also shares the club’s position, which recalled in its press release that “the Club has not been made aware of any document aimed at substantiating these complaints, which in principle intends to exercise extreme caution”. Laurent Koscielny intends to firmly remind everyone of this message and do his best to address these shameful accusations against him. The club’s support clearly demonstrates that the internal investigation to which Laurent Koscielny was never summoned resulted in a total absence of elements characterizing these alleged discriminatory comments; otherwise the club would never have chosen to entrust an ambassadorial mission to Laurent Koscielny.We can read.

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