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French clubs to skip games in tax protest

October 24, 2013

PARIS (AP) — French football clubs have unanimously agreed not to play any matches over one weekend at the end of November in protest of government plans for a super-tax on players’ salaries.

France’s professional clubs held an extraordinary general meeting Thursday to decide the next steps in their campaign against the government’s plan to implement a 75-percent tax law for those who earn more than 1 million euros per year.

Under the decision, the league round scheduled for Nov. 29-Dec. 2 will not be played.

Jean-Pierre Louvel, president of the Union of Professional Football Clubs, said “there will be no matches. People will be welcome in our stadiums, but there will be no games.”