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France halts goal-line technology after mishaps

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Paris (AFP) – The French league (LFP) has decided to “immediately suspend” the use of goal-line technology after a series of glitches with the system, LFP director general Didier Quillot said on Thursday.

The decision covers all matches under the jurisdiction of the LFP, notably Ligue 1 and the French League Cup, and comes in the wake of two errors during Wednesday’s League Cup quarter-finals.

France halts goal-line technology after mishaps

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Paris (AFP) – The French league (LFP) has decided to “immediately suspend” the use of goal-line technology after a series of glitches with the system, LFP director general Didier Quillot said on Thursday.

The decision covers all matches under the jurisdiction of the LFP, notably Ligue 1 and the French League Cup, and comes in the wake of two errors during Wednesday’s League Cup quarter-finals.

Struggling Lille hit with transfer ban

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Paris (AFP) – Ligue 1 strugglers Lille, who recently suspended coach Marcelo Bielsa, have been slapped with a transfer ban, the French league (LFP) announced on Tuesday.

A brief statement said that Lille were “banned from recruiting” following a hearing before French football’s financial watchdog, the DNCG, in Paris into their financial situation.

Struggling Lille hit with transfer ban

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Paris (AFP) – Ligue 1 strugglers Lille, who recently suspended coach Marcelo Bielsa, have been slapped with a transfer ban, the French league (LFP) announced on Tuesday.

A brief statement said that Lille were “banned from recruiting” following a hearing before French football’s financial watchdog, the DNCG, in Paris into their financial situation.

18 hurt, three seriously in French stadium barrier collapse

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Amiens (France) (AFP) – Eighteen Lille fans were hurt, including three seriously, in Amiens on Saturday when a stadium barrier collapsed in the away section as supporters celebrated a goal in French league match.

The Ligue 1 fixture between Amiens and Lille was suspended in the 16th minute, and later abandoned, after a fence separating fans from the pitch crumbled under their weight as they celebrated a goal by Fode Ballo-Toure.

18 hurt, three seriously in French stadium barrier collapse

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Amiens (France) (AFP) – Eighteen Lille fans were hurt, including three seriously, in Amiens on Saturday when a stadium barrier collapsed in the away section as supporters celebrated a goal in French league match.

The Ligue 1 fixture between Amiens and Lille was suspended in the 16th minute, and later abandoned, after a fence separating fans from the pitch crumbled under their weight as they celebrated a goal by Fode Ballo-Toure.

Relegated Bastia lose forfeit appeal

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Paris (AFP) – Bastia’s appeal over their punishment following last month’s abandoned Ligue 1 game against Lyon, which included forfeiting the match, was rejected by the French Football Federation (FFF) on Tuesday.

The league’s disciplinary commission awarded Lyon a win and ordered Bastia’s stadium to be closed for two games after home fans twice invaded the pitch and attacked Lyon players.

Bastia punished over Balotelli abuse

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Paris (AFP) – French Ligue 1 side Bastia were punished Thursday over racist abuse directed at Nice striker Mario Balotelli in a game last month.

The French league’s disciplinary commission docked Bastia one point – suspended – and ordered the club to close its East Stand for the next three home games over the monkey chants by some of its fans.

Newcastle United

Galtier’s Future At St. EtienneIs Increasingly Uncertain

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St. Etienne captain Loic Perrin doesn't know whether his head coach Christophe Galtier will be at the club next season. Christophe Galtier - over five years at St. Etienne St. Etienne are 4th top of the French League but are now 7 points behind 3rd placed PSG after they have lost their last two games [.

Newcastle Tracking Ghana International Striker

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22 year-old Ghanaian striker Majeed Waris is the latest striker to be linked with Newcastle and he is currently on loan at Valenciennes, who are struggling in the French League, but Waris is still having a very good season. Majeed Waris 22 year-old Ghanaian striker Majeed joined Spartak Moscow early last year from Swedish [.

Dummett, Anita, Tavernier, Sissoko and Sammy Ameobi Start

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New French arrival, Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa, who was captain of Montpellier when they won the French League titel for the first time in 2012, will captain Newcastle tonight at Motherwell. Newcastle captain Fabricio Coloccini just returned to training yesterday, thee days early, and the versatile defender will captain Newcastle in the first pre-season game tonight at [.

Can Magpies Get Top French International In Cut-Price Deal?

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Sochaux are currently bottom of the French league and it could well be that they will be relegated. Marvin Martin - Sochaux central midfielder And one of their top players is midfielder Marvin Martin, who has played 9 times for France with two goals, and previously had 10 appearances in the France U21 team.

English Premier League

Arsenal youngster Yaya Sanogo: ‘Give me time to toughen up’

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Yaya Sanogo says he will 'toughen up' to be a success in England. Watch the interview: http://t.co/4XZoMpZ2B7 pic.twitter.com/8doid6pIMP Arsenal.com (@Arsenal) September 10, 2013 Arsenal's summer signing Yaya Sanogo has said it will take him time to adapt to English football but says he will get stronger to ensure he is a success at [.

Frenchman – My Objective To Join Massive Club Now Realized

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One of the attributes of new signing Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa is that he's a born leader, and his leadership ofMontpelierwas one of thereasonsthey won the French League for the very first timelastseason, and we think this lad can become a fantastic signing for our club and at only 23 he's a potential futureNewcastlecaptain.

Premiership Party : Fun Notes On Liverpool-Man City And In Defence Of Olivier Giroud

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There was a lot of movement both on the pitch and in the stands for Liverpool when they took on Man City yesterday. From the unceremonious introduction of Lucas Leiva's ice pack after his disappointing exit in the fourth minute (above) to Daniel Agger's arrival in his dapper suit ("I'm here, mennesker!

The man who made up Hazard’s mind

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Chelsea fans are busy rejoicing the signing of Belgian sensation Eden Hazard, but it's a former Blues winger that they should be thanking. Hazard has revealed that Joe Cole helped him make up his mind as the midfielder faced a difficult decision between Manchester United and the defending Champions League winners.

The Curious Case of Yann M’Vila

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Recently we have been strongly linked with Rennes defensive midfielder Yann M'Vila, with reports suggesting he is on the cusp of signing for our great club. A mainstay in the French team, M'Vila has been described as "reading the game like Makelele, the presence of Partick Viera, and can pass a ball like Yaya Toure".

The Curious Case of Yann M’Vila

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Recently we have been strongly linked with Rennes defensive midfielder Yann M'Vila, with reports suggesting he is on the cusp of signing for our great club. A mainstay in the French team, M'Vila has been described as "reading the game like Makelele, the presence of Partick Viera, and can pass a ball like Yaya Toure".

Ligue 1

Monaco Hit With Two-Point Penalty

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Any doubt about the feelings of distaste that the French League (LFP) has towards AS Monaco had to be removed after the LFP docked the big spender two points for crowd trouble during a Ligue 2 game against Le Mans last season.

Fireworks were set off during Monaco's last home game against Le Mans and fans invaded the pitch after the final whistle.

French Ligue 1 Releases Its 2013-14 Fixtures

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The French League today released the 2013-14 fixture list, and they did champions Paris Saint-Germain no favors, as they will kick off the new season away to Montpellier on August 9.

In each of the last three Ligue 1 seasons, the title holder has failed to win their first match, and PSG will be looking to break that hoodoo at Stade de la Mosson.

The lack of ambition

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When James Rodriguez from FC Porto, one of the most interesting players in the world right now, last week announced that he was changing to AS Monaco I thought: "What a waste of a good player! He could have gone to any top side in Europe!" But Monaco, with a billionaire Russian behind it, Dmitri Rybolovlev, has money, lots of money, for players who have no ambition.

The champions from Paris

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Anything can happen in football, but money often is victorious. After 19 years Paris St. Germain again won the French League title after a 1-0 victory over Olympique Lyon (a team that dominated French football with seven league titles in a row until 2008). In 2012 the Qatar Investment Authority bought the stock majority in Paris St.

Ligue 1: Three Reasons Why Paris Saint-Germain Could Top the French League

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New PSG Signing David Beckham-Photo by Marc Piasecki/Getty Images

Paris Saint-Germain have taken the football world by storm, in both a sporting and monetary sense.

In January, the French club continued their summer expenditures with the signing of David Beckham on a five-month deal likely not the last big player to join Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Javier Pastore, Ezequiel Lavezzi, and Thiago Silva in the capital over the next few seasons.

‘Outraged’ 73-Year-Old Bastia Official Goes On Hunger Strike Over Stadium Ban

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By Chris Wright

The man they call 'Hungry Joe'

SC Bastia's former sporting coordinator, 73-year-old Jo Bonavita, has announced that he has gone on hunger strike after his beloved club (for whom he was worked since 1981) were handed a stadium ban by the French League (LFP).

PSG stumble out of the blocks

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Big spending Paris St. Germain looked set to make a splash in the world of football this season after signing the likes of Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Thiago Silva. Les Parisiens were heavy favorites to bring home the Ligue 1 title this season, but this weekend succumbed to a third successive draw as the French league gathers pace.

Predictions 2012-13 Week 2: Liverpool-Man City and PSG-Bordeaux

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This week, we feature big games from the Premier League, the French League (Ligue 1), La Liga in Spain, as well as a match from the opening weekend of the Italian League (Serie A).

Arsenal Officially Confirm Olivier Giroud Signing

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Arsenal have officially confirmed the signing of France international Olivier Giroud from Montpellier for a reported £13million.

The 25-year old striker completed a medical before agreeing terms at Arsemal's training ground on Monday evening. The completion of the transfer is now just the subject of formal processes.

Giroud – Koscielny persuaded me to join Arsenal

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The newest Arsenal signing Olivier Giroud was playing in the lower levels of the French League just a few years ago, and one of his team-mates was another aspiring young defender called Laurent Koscielny, who went on to join Arsenal after just one season in Ligue 1. The two Frenchman remained friends and both of [.

Arsenal Officially Confirm Olivier Giroud Signing

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Arsenal have officially confirmed the signing of France international Olivier Giroud from Montpellier for a reported £13million.

The 25-year old striker completed a medical before agreeing terms at Arsemal's training ground on Monday evening. The completion of the transfer is now just the subject of formal processes.

Spurs and Arsenal target seals Lille transfer

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France midfielder Marvin Martin, who has previously been linked to both Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur, has decided to move to Ligue 1 outfit Lille.

Martin, 24, played for Sochaux last season amid reports that continuously linked him with a move to the Barclays Premier League.

However, after discussing his prospects with several Les Bleus teammates during Euro 2012, he chose to sign with last season's Ligue 1 second runners-up.

Montpellier Instead of PSG?

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Since Goal.com posted that Paris Saint-Germain would be playing Sporting KC in a friendly on their summer tour, there's been little other word about KC playing PSG. In fact, the lack of announcement, with the rest of the Herbalife World Football Challenge being announced had me wondering if KC would actually play Paris Saint-Germain.

Chelsea signing discusses PL quality

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Eden Hazard acknowledges that playing for Chelsea in the Barclays Premier League will involve more difficulty than his Ligue 1 experience but insists that the latter is more difficult than perceived.

Hazard played a starring role in Lille's revival in recent years and although many English football fans feel that he will have a much tougher task proving himself in the Premier League, the Belgian argues that French football prepared him well.

Laurent Koscielny

Laurent Koscielny and the transfer rumours

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By Tony Attwood

Laurent Koscielny gave us fourth place this year. And a lot more.

Before coming to us he played in the third, second and then first division of the French League the last with our old pals Lorient before signing on 7 July 2010. He was voted the most effective signing [.

Koscielny: Podolski vital for trophy tilt

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LAURENT Koscielny reckons Arsenal's new signing Lukas Podolski could help Arsene Wenger's side end the seven-year spell without a trophy. The Gunners wrapped up the signing of the Cologne striker last week and he will make the switch to the Emirates for a fee in the region of £11million. And versatile defender Koscielny, who played against the German international forward in a pre-season game, has hinted that his firepower may contribute to a campaign in which we finally lift some silverware.

France

Joey Barton’s 12-match QPR ban applies in France too

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After all the conspiracy theories about Joey Barton moving leagues or countries to serve his 12-match ban more quickly, or not at all, it turns out that his suspension is still valid in France. The QPR midfielder made a season-long loan move to Marseille on transfer deadline day, but it has now emerged that fans [.

Lyon’s Michel Bastos scores wonderful overhead kick

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Always have to be careful when praising early season goals, but Michel Bastos of Lyon has surely laid down a marker for goal of the season in the French League, scoring an amazing overhead kick in his side's 4-1 home victory over Troyes. In a game that was 0-0 at half time, Troyes actually took [...]


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DEALS CONFIRMED FOR JUAN MATA & ROBERT LEWANDOWSKI!

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Deals are in place for Robert Lewandowski to sign for Chelsea and Juan Mata to leave for the French League but as yet, it's unclear whether or not these deals will happen in January.

Do not ask me who my source is as I cannot reveal that information. What I can tell you is that it seems that Juan Mata has had enough, is concerned about his World Cup place and has accepted the fact that despite asking for him to be selected, Jose Mourinho continues to ignore him.

Bastia Official’s Hunger Ban

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There are a number of things in this world which are worthy of a hunger strike. Poverty. War. Racism. Ligue 1 stadium bans are somewhere in there too, apparently. At least according to Jo Bonavita, Bastia's 73 year old official, who will be doing without the supple fruits of this world in protest over his beloved club's stadium ban for multiple instances of violence.

Ibrahimovic Seeks First Ligue 1 Trophy With Paris Saint-Germain & Bonus Vacation Photo

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Bring out your capes and Batman cereals because today, Zlatan Ibrahimovic has officially escaped from the claws of the Italian Paparazzi Mafia! Yes, it's a sad day for Milanistas young and old (well, for the ones who do love him, at least) as Ibrahimovic has sealed a reported €20 million ($25 million) move to Paris Saint-Germain, after their Chief Prophet, Leonardo put in a good word and basically whispered : "We'll make you a star here" under his breath at the meeting yesterday.

HAZARD SIGNS FOR CHELSEA - WHAT DO YOU THINK?

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After months of speculation and announcing that he was to join Chelsea on Twitter last week, Eden Hazard has finally signed for Chelsea. Terms have been agreed between Chelsea and Lille and the player has also agreed personal terms.

It's a great move for Chelsea.