Elan Béarnais Pau-Lacq-Orthez is (temporarily?) banned from professional basketball. The club nine times champion of France, winner in April of the Coupe de France, its first title since 2007, also semi-finalist of the play-offs of Betclic Élite, saw itself meaning Thursday a refusal of commitment in elite as in Pro B in 2022-2023 by the Superior Management Board of the National League (LNB).
” Considering the lack of guarantee as to the continuity of the club’s operations and the absence of any conclusive element allowing this risk to be lifted; considering that this situation also entails a serious hazard with regard to the realization of the 2022-2023 budget, and therefore to the continuity of the club’s operations; pConsequently, the higher management council, on the proposal of the management control commission, has decided to refuse the commitment of Elan Béarnais Pau-Lacq-Orthez in the French Betclic Elite and Pro B Championships for the 2022-2023 season. »said a statement from the LNB on Thursday.
“The club has the possibility of formulating a request for a gracious appeal before the higher management council to contest this decision, within eight days and counting from the date of notification of the contested decision. »
During his hearing on June 14 by the “financial policeman” of the LNB, the president of CSG, David Otto, had indicated that he would endeavor to provide guarantees of at least one million euros before June 23, which was therefore not the case.
After the gracious appeal to the higher management council of the LNB, an appeal of the decision is still possible to the federal appeal chamber within ten days. But at this time, the Elan Béarnais, monument of the French basket, lives the darkest hours of its history, with a strong threat, except fast rebound, to leave the professional world and to be demoted in the Federal Championships from the back to school 2022.