Will Benoit Costil be in Girondins’ goal against Losc?

It is a symbolic number: 180. It is the number of matches played with the shirt of Girondists of Bordeaux that Benoit Costil could reach against The C this Saturday (7:00 p.m.) at the Stade Pierre Mauroy in Lille. Yes “could” because to this day we still wonder if we will see the international goalkeeper again wearing the navy blue and white tunic after the violent incidents of the last game against Montpellier (0-2) in Matmut Atlantic. Reprimanded by Virage Sud after a clash with a teammate, the former club captain also had a heated discussion with one of the directors of the groceries at half-time in the match before being openly accused of racism by this same group of supporters during and after the match.

From, Benoit Costil decided to file a complaint for defamation and/or slanderous complaint. The rupture is therefore total between the two parties. A reconciliation seems utopian. So how to do? Can Girondins field a player who will be booed and booed by some of their most ardent supporters with every ball as the club tries to survive in Ligue 1 in the final nine games of the season? Can we witness further overflow during the next home game against Metz if Benoit Costil holds out (note that the lower tier of VS will be closed for this match)?

Rib finally available?

These questions may never have arisen. Indeed, the Bordeaux goalkeeper, under the influence of emotion, had announced at the end of the match against Montpellier to several employees and colleagues that he was going to quickly leave the club on his own account, as he revealed. 20 minutes. But after a few hours of reflection, Benoit Costil was no longer so radical. The day after the events, he met with Admar Lopes, the technical director, with his representative to analyze the situation and think about his future.

In agreement with the club, he did not play the friendly against Alavés scheduled for the international break to ease the tension. According to our information, he now says that he is at the disposal of the Girondins of Bordeaux like any other employee. Does this mean that you really want to play for Marine et Blanc again? It’s harder to say.

The club does not pretend anything

On the management side, there has been radio silence (or near silence) since the incidents. There was no public reaction from a leader but a simple “statement [déclaration] with certain means, where the club remembers in particular that it is attached to the presumption of innocence. Therefore, here too it is difficult to really know where you stand on the Benoit Costil case and how the management now intends to handle the matter.

According to information from 20 minutes, In any case, he would not have vetoed Costil’s participation in future Girondins games, as he did with Paul Baysse before the latter recently returned to the squad as a full-time professional. “Benoit is still part of the group, he is available to the coach and as usual, it will be the coach who decides for the match,” slides a member of the club. Benoit Costil was in any case in the team of the starters (such as Paul Baysse and Issouf Sissokho) during training this Wednesday at Matmut Atlantique that seemed like a montage three days before the trip to Lille.

What reaction of the Ultramarines?

For once, the largest group of Bordeaux supporters is not hiding. The Ultramarines have repeated their accusations several times over the past ten days and even released a long three-page statement to explain their actions on the international. For them, the goalkeeper starred in “the worst offensive that the South Turn of a player has known since its creation” by insinuating that the Ultramarines were “sold” in the pay of the new leadership.

This Tuesday, the group through its Twitter account affirms that the investigation it demanded is on the right track: “A week ago we asked the club for a quick and rigorous investigation. We know that you are diligent and we expect explanations quickly. »

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