The owner of Stade Rennais, François Pinault, called on the owners of Bordeaux grands crus to unite in a project to take over the Girondins de Bordeaux.
The businessman François Pinault, owner of the Château Latour estate, called on Monday April 26 his “fellow owners of Bordeaux grands crus” to come together for a plan to take over the Girondins, a Ligue 1 club recently released by its American shareholder.
In an open letter sent to AFP, François Pinault, owner of Stade Rennes, said to himself “moved at the idea of seeing the Girondins de Bordeaux in danger of disappearing, like all French football lovers. Associated for thirty years in Bordeaux life, through Château Latour, I think that the existence of the mythical club that are the Girondins is important for Bordeaux, its influence, its balance with which all wine owners can only identify “, writes Pinault.
As “Breton and owner of Stade Rennes”, he ensures to measure “for decades how much the identity of a club and if possible its successes have been part of the social contract in a region. What is the economic force which, in this region, can give itself the objective of safeguarding the Girondins and of developing them? The world of wine and in particular the owners of great vintages “, he wrote again.
Recalling that as the sole shareholder of the Rennes club, he is prohibited from setting up a plan to take over the Girondins, François Pinault nevertheless announces that he is “ready to provide support for any operation set up by the wine industry” and says he will “with enthusiasm”. Before concluding : “I therefore call on my fellow owners (of grands crus, editor’s note) to meet in order to prepare a project to take over the Girondins. “
Bordeaux (16th in L1), which is due to host Rennes next Sunday, announced Thursday April 22 that its majority shareholder, the American investment fund King Street, no longer wished to support and finance the club. Placed under the protection of the Bordeaux Commercial Court, the club is now assisted by an ad hoc representative in its search for a lasting solution. On Friday, the Bordeaux city hall announced that it was in contact for the takeover of the club with two entrepreneurs, Pascal Rigo and Bruno Fievet, but they do not come from the world of wine.