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Ligue 1: Marseille say it's time to downsize league amid French football turmoil
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Ligue 1: Marseille say it's time to downsize league amid French football turmoil

“I do think playing in a 20-club league is no longer sustainable. A lot of reforms need to be talked about,” said Marseille president Jacques-Henri Eyraud.

Ligue 1: After collapse of mega TV deal, clubs hope for rescue from financial woes with new tender
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Ligue 1: After collapse of mega TV deal, clubs hope for rescue from financial woes with new tender

The reports suggest that clubs in Ligue 1 were set to suffer combined losses of over 1.3 billion euros this season.

Ligue 1: League-leaders Lille sold to Luxembourg-based investment fund amidst financial crisis
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Ligue 1: League-leaders Lille sold to Luxembourg-based investment fund amidst financial crisis

Lopez and director of football Luis Campos, a renowned talent scout with a huge network in Europe and South America, both left with immediate effect. Campos was immediately linked to English giant Manchester United.

Ligue 1: French clubs anticipating financial repercussions following league's termination of TV contract with Mediapro
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Ligue 1: French clubs anticipating financial repercussions following league's termination of TV contract with Mediapro

Mediapro, a Chinese-Spanish broadcaster, has suffered deep financial problems since acquiring 80 percent of the rights for 800 million euros ($970 million) a year to broadcast from this season, in a record deal for football in France.

French football league at loggerheads with Mediapro over 172 million euros TV rights payment
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French football league at loggerheads with Mediapro over 172 million euros TV rights payment

Mediapro won the bulk of the 2020-2024 rights for the top two divisions (worth in total 1.15 billion euros) in 2018 and Roures says he wants to renegotiate the contract for this season, which he believes is "heavily affected by Covid-19".

French football league praises decision to allow 7,000 fans into second division match between Auxerre, Clermont
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French football league praises decision to allow 7,000 fans into second division match between Auxerre, Clermont

Because of coronavirus restrictions, a maximum of 5,000 fans are allowed at games, unless clubs get a special dispensation from their local authority.

Coronavirus Outbreak: French players’ union defends Ligue 1's call to end season, says other leagues are taking a gamble
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Coronavirus Outbreak: French players’ union defends Ligue 1's call to end season, says other leagues are taking a gamble

The head of the French football players’ union has said European leagues that decide to end their coronavirus shutdown and restart play are gambling there will be no second wave of infections.

Ligue 1: Amiens launch petition demanding justice after being relegated from top-tier football
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Ligue 1: Amiens launch petition demanding justice after being relegated from top-tier football

The LFP decided to abandon the 2019-20 season on Thursday, with Paris Saint-Germain being awarded the Ligue 1 title and Amiens and Toulouse relegated.

Coronavirus Outbreak: Spain's LaLiga urges more clubs to cut players' pay during state of emergency
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Coronavirus Outbreak: Spain's LaLiga urges more clubs to cut players' pay during state of emergency

Spain is in its third week of lockdown and many companies have filed temporary pay cuts, referred to as an ERTE, to cope with the deepening economic crisis caused by the spread of the virus, which has infected 117,710 people and killed 10,935.

LaLiga: Spanish league to appeal against 18 December date for postponed Clasico; suggest 4 December
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LaLiga: Spanish league to appeal against 18 December date for postponed Clasico; suggest 4 December

La Liga said the rules state postponed games should be played at the earliest possible opportunity, which is 4 December, and that clubs have no power to decide dates of matches.

LaLiga: Barcelona vs Real Madrid 'El Clasico' to be played on 18 December, says Spanish federation; league unhappy with new date
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LaLiga: Barcelona vs Real Madrid 'El Clasico' to be played on 18 December, says Spanish federation; league unhappy with new date

The rearranged Clasico between Barcelona and Real Madrid will be played on 18 December despite opposition from La Liga, the Spanish Football Federation (RFEF) confirmed on Wednesday.

French football federation votes to suspend League Cup competition from next season
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French football federation votes to suspend League Cup competition from next season

The current edition of France's League Cup will be the last as the tournament has been suspended from next year, reason being its failure to find takers for TV rights

German and French football leagues reject proposal to create closed Champions League from 2024 onwards
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German and French football leagues reject proposal to create closed Champions League from 2024 onwards

The German and French football leagues have both rejected a proposal to create a near-closed Champions League from 2024 onwards, adding to widespread opposition to the plan.

Social norms keep Indian women out of labour market; focus on behaviour change, non-cognitive skills could bring turnaround
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Social norms keep Indian women out of labour market; focus on behaviour change, non-cognitive skills could bring turnaround

Analysis of previous NSSO rounds shows that the Indian labour market lost 1.96 crore women workforce between 2004 and 2011 and 53 percent of this drop occurred in rural India

Ligue 1: Marseille to play upcoming games behind closed doors as punishment for firecrackers thrown onto pitch by fans
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Ligue 1: Marseille to play upcoming games behind closed doors as punishment for firecrackers thrown onto pitch by fans

Marseille lost Friday's game against Lille 2-1 but the match was held up by more than 30 minutes in the second half after a firecracker was thrown from the stands

Ligue 1: Two matches scheduled for weekend set to be postponed due to shortage of available police personnel
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Ligue 1: Two matches scheduled for weekend set to be postponed due to shortage of available police personnel

Last Saturday, protests in Nantes, where one Ligue 1 match is scheduled to be played, resulted in 13 arrests and injuries to five police officers and three protesters.

First ever female president of European football's big leagues elected in France
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First ever female president of European football's big leagues elected in France

Nathalie Boy De La Tour became the first female president of European football's big leagues when she took over the French Professional Football League.

Spanish football league confirms pact to sell broadcasting rights
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Spanish football league confirms pact to sell broadcasting rights

Javier Tebas, president the Spanish national professional soccer league (LFP), has confirmed after a general meeting that a broadcasting rights agreement was reached with the 38 clubs.

Spanish court suspends players' strike, La Liga matches to go ahead this weekend
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Spanish court suspends players' strike, La Liga matches to go ahead this weekend

A Spanish court on Thursday suspended a planned strike by footballers in protest against a new TV rights law, which threatened to shut down the country's top league at the weekend.

Spanish league takes legal steps against plan to suspend games
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Spanish league takes legal steps against plan to suspend games

Spanish law gave the LFP the right to organise professional competition and set the calendar for matches, the league argued.