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French Football Cancels Matches To Protest Against Tax

by | 24th, October 2013


GETTING footballers to show any sort of excitement, opinion or passion for anything is nigh on impossible. All over the world, they talk in monotone voices, all the life trained out of them and blurbling on and on, vaguely about results and teamwork.

Unless, of course, it involves money.

French professional football clubs have scrubbed all matches over one weekend in November to protest against President François Hollande’s 75% “super tax” on high salaries.

Jean-Pierre Louvel, president of the Union of Professional Football Clubs, said the tax (kicking off next year) would be the “death of French football “.

“That’s why we are fighting and we will continue to fight,” he said after an emergency meeting of clubs yesterday.

So, that means all the games in the French leagues will be cancelled and instead, in a bid to avoid looking like greedy buggers who couldn’t care less about the fans, the clubs will invite fans to come to open training sessions where they will be asked to join French football’s campaign against the super-tax.

One problem. A poll this week found that 85% of French people think that the tax on income over €1m should apply to professional football.

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