Nantes backing for Barthez
By Patrick Haond
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Rudi Roussillon has backed Fabien Barthez after the keeper fought with Nantes fans.
Rudi Roussillon has defended Fabien Barthez after the keeper was involved in a confrontation with Nantes fans.
Barthez was booed by Nantes supporters throughout Saturday's 2-0 defeat to Rennes before being accosted as he tried to leave the stadium.
Reports have suggested that the former France international has quit the Ligue 1 strugglers and will not return to see out the season.
Nantes chairman Roussillon was unsure about Barthez's future, but believes the veteran keeper was defending himself in the row.
"I can't understand how Fabien was in a public car park, while we set a huge security plan to protect the players," Roussillon told L'Equipe.
"He saw five or six 30-year-old people coming towards him and it seems they had just one idea - stop his car.
"He didn't want to force his way through and so calmly stopped. The characters immediately blocked him and hit his car.
"Fabien was with someone from his family and was very scared. One of the individuals opened his door and made him get out. Fabien was forced to defend himself. People came quickly to help Fabien.
"But we won't stop here, believe me. According to what people told me, the attack has been very quick, very violent and very rough. Fabien has been traumatised.
"Even if I don't like that word, it is the right one. Despite his great experience, he never experienced what he endured on Saturday night.
"Everyone knows he left Nantes to recharge his batteries with his family. We can understand that.
"All day long I tried to cheer him up, the rest is not topical. He has been very affected, Fabien is someone who is very sensitive."