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Barthez poised to quit Nantes after altercation with angry fans

Barthez poised to quit Nantes after altercation with angry fans

Nantes goalkeeper Fabien Barthez could quit the club after being confronted by angry fans following a 2-0 home defeat to Rennes in the French league.
"He has gone to be within his family, which is completely understandable given what happened," club president Rudi Roussillon told Canal Plus television on Sunday, a day after the game. "It's an aggression."
Roussillon said Barthez's car was surrounded by "five or six people" as he left Stade de la Beaujoire.
"He was insulted, they punched and kicked the car," Roussillon said. "Someone opened the door and tried to get him out. He tried to defend himself. Fabien Barthez is very upset by what happened outside the stadium last night."
The defeat left Nantes in last place in the French league, and threatening demotion for the first time in 44 years for the eight-time French champion.
Barthez, a World Cup and European Championship winner with France, has made some costly errors in recent matches _ and he was booed and jeered by some Nantes fans during Saturday's game.
Roussillon said Barthez _ who has family near the city of Toulouse _ did not attend Sunday's training session.
"Several of us tried to contact him during the day to try and raise his morale," Roussillon said. He did not say whether he expected Barthez to return.
Barthez had retired after France lost the 2006 World Cup final on penalty kicks to Italy _ but Roussillon persuaded him to change his mind and in January he signed a contract with Nantes until the end of the season.
With four games left in the 20-team French league, Nantes has 30 points _ eight points away from 17th-placed Nice and out of the relegation zone.


Updated : 2021-05-17 18:34 GMT+08:00