This season the battle for promotion is raging in Ligue 1. Due to the four direct relegations in Ligue 2, only two clubs from the elite antechamber will be promoted at the end of the season. So no barriers. A scenario that makes the fight even more difficult. And at the weekend there was a duel at the top in this battle for the climb. Third in the standings (30 points) two points behind second place, Sochaux are scheduled to host Stade Malherbe de Caen on Saturday, January 14 at 7 p.m. But yesterday SMC announced tragic news. ” “It is with great sadness that Stade Malherbe Caen learned today of the disappearance of Armelle Moulin, wife of Stéphane Moulin, coach of the professional team. The thoughts of president Olivier Pickeu and Pierre-Antoine Capton, shareholders, all employees and volunteers of the club goes to the family and their loved ones.In this difficult time, Stade Malherbe Caen is more united than ever behind its coach and its children.. The SMC had mournfully asked to postpone the meeting to a later date, with the funeral of Mrs Moulin taking place on the same day.
To everyone’s surprise, Sochaux announced this morning that it could not accommodate this urgent request and that the meeting would be held as planned next Saturday. “FC Sochaux-Montbéliard learned on Wednesday with great sadness of the disappearance of Armelle Moulin, wife of Stéphane Moulin, coach of Stade Malherbe Caen. The entire FCSM sympathizes with the enormous pain felt by Stéphane Moulin and his loved ones. He would have liked to be in able to respond to SM Caen’s request to change the day or time of the meeting on the 19th in Ligue 2 BKT between the two teams Faced with the need to agree a new program very quickly and in light of what the organizational implications (and in particular the difficulties in mobilizing adequate control and security personnel), FCSM unfortunately had to decide to have the match played on Saturday 14 January at Samuel Laurent, General Manager of FC Sochaux-Montbéliard, spoke on this subject with Olivier Pickeu, president of SM Caen, and proposed that the Stade Auguste Bonal hold a minute’s silence in memory of Madame Armelle Moulin before kick-off of the meeting.
Sochaux leaves a door open
A dubious response which then provoked a wave of indignation because The team stated that the League as well bone Sports (issued by the meeting) had accepted the request from Caen. Co-owner of the Norman club, Pierre-Antoine Capton had thus loaded his Sochaux colleagues on social networks. “Football is first and foremost a game. Clubs are families. Unfortunately, as long as some forget that, we will continue to see pathetic behavior. Thank you for the support from all the other Ligue 1 and Ligue 2 clubs to the LFP and beIN Sports”. An anger that has not subsided since The team added this evening that SMC, which has refused to comment publicly, has announced it will not go to Sochaux on Saturday. For Caennais, the deal is simple: everyone wants to be with Stéphane Moulin and not Bonal.
Faced with the controversy, the Doubiste club finally came out of silence for the second time to try to explain its refusal through its general manager Samuel Laurent. “There is no animosity between Caen and FC Sochaux. Having said that, Caen have informed us of a request to postpone the match. I think the whole staff wanted to pay a final tribute to the coach’s wife. They came up with three dates, Friday, Sunday at 3pm or Monday at 8.45pm. For us, it is impossible to change the match schedule at such short notice. It is just not possible”., he said, adding that a postponement would generate significant additional costs. Not sure that this economic justification passes in his moments of grief, but Samuel Laurent nevertheless left an open door: “We have commitments with Yverdon (for a friendly match on Friday 20 January, ed. note), if we cancel it for a meeting with Caen, we will explain it to Yverdon, that’s all. It will suit us if we are warned in time. » Will common sense eventually prevail?