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Soccer: French club Bordeaux sold to U.S. hedge fund

FILE PHOTO: Soccer Football - Ligue 1 - Olympique Lyonnais vs Bordeaux - Groupama Stadium, Lyon, France - November 3, 2018 Bordeaux's Andreas Cornelius celebrates scoring their first goal with team mates REUTERS/Emmanuel Foudrot/File Photo

PARIS (Reuters) - French club Girondins de Bordeaux have been sold by the media company M6 Metropole Television (MMTP.PA) to Los Angeles-based hedge fund General American Capital Partners (GACP), the French firm said on Tuesday.

“M6 Group has today finalised the sale of the Football Club Girondins de Bordeaux to the U.S. investment fund General American Capital Partners (GACP) for 100 million euros ($114 million),” M6 said in a statement announcing their results for the first nine months of 2018.

M6 bought the French club in 1999 and hoped to bring back the glory days of the 1980s when Girondins won three league titles and two French Cups with players such as Alain Giresse, Jean Tigana and Marius Tresor.

Under M6, however, they won one league title, in 2009, and one French cup, in 2013.

“A page turns for M6, a new one opens for the FCGB,” M6 president Nicolas de Tavernost said on twitter.

“I wish great success to the new management team and thank all the Girondins for these 19 years. I will remain a fervent supporter of @girondins.”

($1 = 0.8763 euros)

Reporting by Andrew Downie; Editing by Toby Davis

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