Ex-Arsenal captain Laurent Koscielny rejects accusations of racism and announces resignation

Former Arsenal captain Laurent Koscielny has been accused of racism by Bordeaux’s Ultras group and, after denying the allegations, has now decided to retire from football


Laurent Koscielny has announced his retirement from football after denying allegations of racism.

the previous arsenal Captain who left the Gunners in 2019He was accused of such behavior Bordeaux ‘s Ultras group – UB87 – continue alongside goalkeeper Beliot Costil after their 2-0 defeat Montpellier before the international break and left them rock bottom league 1 with nine games remaining. The goalkeeper and Koscielny both dismissed claims of “sometimes racist behaviour”, with the 36-year-old releasing a statement on Friday South East.

While Koscielny said the allegations had had an impact on his family, he noted that more than 30 people – whom the French news agency had asked for – formally denied the allegations. The defender was Removed from Bordeaux squad in January Due to his high salary and poor performance, he has decided to give up his football boots for good and continue to represent the club as an ambassador.

A statement as passed by foot Mercatoto read: “As a reminder, Laurent Koscielny has not been part of the club’s professional staff since the end of January 2022, he recalls that he is still an employee of the Girondins de Bordeaux. Laurent Koscielny wants to specify that he decided to hang up his crampons when he would have preferred to help the club on the field.

“Aware that the club was in trouble, he accepted the proposal to hold a new position and publish a salary, showing his concern for the best interests of the club. In this capacity, he would like to thank the club for the trust placed in him by entrusting him with this position.

“This mission is a continuation of a career that commands respect from all his partners, coaches and staff he has met both at club and in the French team. Laurent Koscielny also shares the club’s position, which in his press release recalled that ‘the club, which in principle intends to exercise extreme caution, has not been presented with any evidence to support these allegations.

Koscielny last played for Bordeaux in December

Koscielny joined Les Girondins in the summer of 2019 for a £4.6million fee after going on strike at Arsenal and refusing to take part in their pre-season tour of the United States to force a transfer. The 51 clipped France International had spent nine years at the Emirates, with Arsène Wenger signing him at Lorient in 2010 after an impressive season.

353 appearances and three wins FA CupsHis last game was in 2019 European League Final in which the Gunners lost 4-1 Chelsea. Then manager Unai Emery tried to persuade him to remain in North London for his second term, but Koscielny was determined to return to his homeland.

After two consecutive 12th places in Ligue 1, Bordeaux are now six points clear and have the league’s worst goal difference. Their decision to ax Koscielny along with teammates Paul Baysse and Mehdi Zerkane came during the January transfer window as the club attempted to turn its campaign around.

Koscielny won three FA Cups in nine years with Arsenal


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The Frenchman has officially retired and will continue to serve as an ambassador for Bordeaux


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The experienced central defender said he was dissatisfied with the decision L’Equipeand they quoted him as saying: “I’m a footballer so my passion is primarily to play and also as a captain to be a role model for my teammates. So I took it very hard. Let’s just say it was a right .” Hit in the face.

“But I’m a fighter, I’ll keep fighting and I’ll do whatever it takes to stay at the top level and help the squad so the team gets the best possible results.” When asked if he was given a specific justification, Koscielny replied: “No. None. They just told me that this was their new strategy and that we would find a solution with the finance director that would be good for everyone.”

Bordeaux president Gerard Lopez added: “We are not attacking the player or the person but it is decided that Laurent will not finish the season with us and will leave the club in January. I think that he can still play football, so if we play can help him to continue playing, he will leave as a player.”

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