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By ESPN Staff

Bordeaux to challenge LFP rescheduling decision

Bordeaux are to challenge the decision of the LFP to reschedule their Ligue 1 match against Auxerre for March 10.

Bordeaux's progress in three competitions this year - they remain in the Champions League and Coupe de la Ligue as they also bid to retain their league crown - has left them facing a fixture pile-up further exacerbated by last weekend's postponement at Le Mans due to high winds.

The match against Auxerre was originally due to be played a little over a fortnight ago, but was postponed by the league in order to give Bordeaux more time to prepare for the first leg of their Champions League last-16 tie with Olympiacos, a match Bordeaux won 1-0.

But by rescheduling the game for next week, the LFP have effectively undone that favour by leaving Bordeaux with three games in six days, all against teams challenging at the top, Montpellier, Auxerre and Monaco, before the second leg of that tie on March 17.

In a statement on their website today, the club heavily criticised the LFP's decision.

"This decision could have serious consequences," the club statement read. "The LFP simply cancels the effect of its initial decision to help prepare the best conditions for the last 16 of the UEFA Champions League.

"Against the advice of the club, clearly expressed, the LFP is giving Bordeaux the worst conditions to prepare for the return match against Olympiacos."

Bordeaux's statement added that the club did all it could to get the Le Mans game on at the weekend. The match was postponed due to safety concerns with regard to certain stands at Le Mans' ground, which cannot safely withstand strong winds.

"The situation is particularly unfortunate given that everything suggests the Le Mans-Bordeaux match could have taken place," the statement added.

"Bordeaux proposed to postpone the meeting a few hours, play behind closed doors, or even shift the game to Monday and play without our international players.

"None of these proposals were heard and the decision to cancel the game was upheld because of the mere fact that Stade Leon Bollee in Le Mans does not meet the requirements of Ligue 1.

"Although bad weather hit much of the country, it was the only ground where a match was not played.

"Bordeaux consider themselves heavily penalised, both in terms of the league and the Champions League, and reserve the right to take action to defend their interests."

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