Racing Metro 'not good enough' for major stadium
December 9, 2013
A bad weekend for Racing Metro left the club's directors unimpressed © Getty Images
Racing Metro's directors have responded to the 32-8 Heineken Cup drubbing by Harlequins by moving their Top 14 clash with Toulon away from Stade de France to its much smaller stadium.
In an unusual move, the directors issued a press release saying the decision was reached after the weekend's defeat when they decided the side was not good enough to play at the 80,000-seater stadium.
"In light of the result against Harlequins on Saturday this has forced us to accept we are not a part of the great teams of the moment," the directors announced. "The Stade de France is reserved for such teams and we do not belong there. Racing-Metro has decided to cancel our match with Toulon which was due to be played there on December 29 and play it instead at Colombes, our historic ground, where we hope to rediscover our form."
The move might not be entirely about making a point to the players. Racing metro have struggled to sell seats for matches at Stade de France despite extensive marketing with the ground often only a third full for major games.
The ground at Colombes only holds around 14,000.
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