A month ago, Peugeot came to
apologize for his polemical remarks about the "popular values" of football. PSA has indicated, this time, its refusal to assist
FC Sochaux. The automaker has indeed declined the call for help launched to save financially Sochaux football club he created in 1928, in a letter signed by its president, Carlos Tavares and published Tuesday by
France Blue Belfort-Montbéliard.
In a letter sent July 1 to the Senator-Mayor of Montbéliard Louis Souvet and former President of FC Sochaux-Montbéliard (FCSM) Jean-Claude Plessis, the president of PSA writes that his group "devoted all his efforts to his recovery and is today engaged in a transformation without equivalent in its long history (…). In these particularly demanding circumstances and in an exacerbated competitive context, the group's management must devote all of its efforts and time to the company. "
"The moral duty to help" in Sochaux
At the end of June, Jean-Claude Plessis and local politicians had asked Carlos Tavares "solemnly to help us save the FCSM and its training center by re-engaging with them".
He added: "We believe that the company that you have the honor to manage, which created the football club in 1928 and has lived it for almost 90 years, today has the moral duty to help our region struggling with the assumption of the liquidation of this symbol that is the FCSM.
Financial and governance issues for the club
On Monday, the FCSM, demoted at first in National 1, was finally maintained in Ligue 2 on appeal by the financial police of the French football (DNCG). "A measure of supervision of the wage bill and transfer allowances (transfers) budgeted for the 2019-2020 season" was nevertheless imposed, according to the French Football Federation (FFF).
For several months, the oldest French club in office is facing financial difficulties and has serious governance problems. Former FCSM chairman Hong Kong businessman Li Wing Sang was recently declared bankrupt and forced to hand over the reins of Tech Pro Technology, which bought the club in 2015 from Peugeot. Replaced on May 3 by Frédéric Dong Bo, he nevertheless continues to present himself as a "general manager", which the management contests.
Sochaux "needs a team of experienced leaders"
"There is no one in the management team of people with football experience, even though in the situation you describe the FCSM particularly needs a team of experienced and seasoned leaders, from the world of football, argues the president of the PSA group in his letter. For these reasons, you will understand that we will not be able to respond to your requests. "