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 By Ian Holyman

UEFA chief Michel Platini backs sports court for French league woes

UEFA president Michel Platini has backed plans for a sports tribunal in France after the drawn-out sagas of Luzenac and Lens.

UEFA president Michel Platini has backed plans to introduce a sports tribunal in France after the drawn-out sagas of Luzenac and Lens that threatened to plunge French football into chaos this summer.

- Barthez admits defeat in Luzenac fight

Earlier this week, World Cup winner Fabien Barthez resigned from his position as director general of...

 By Ian Holyman

Fabien Barthez admits defeat in Luzanac fight

Fabien Barthez had offered to invest his own money in a bid to see Luzanac re-join the National division.

Fabien Barthez has confirmed his dream of seeing Luzenac play in Ligue 2 has died.

Barthez, 43, announced he would be stepping down from his post as director general of the south-western French club, which represents a village of some 650 inhabitants, after finally admitting defeat in his battle with football authorities to have the club's promotion validated.

"You have to know when to say 'stop.' When you can fight no more, you can fight no more," Barthez said after a final, fruitless meeting with...

 By Ian Holyman

Luzenac closer to Ligue 2 admission

Luzenac would become the smallest team to ever compete in Ligue 2 football if they succeed in their case.

Luzenac can see light at the end of the tunnel in their fight to join Ligue 2 after the French Football League (LFP) agreed to re-examine their case.

The tiny south-west club, which represents a village of some 600 inhabitants and boasts 1998 World Cup and Euro 2000 winner Fabien Barthez as director general, finished second in French football's third tier last season, synonymous with promotion to Ligue 2.

However, the minnows have been unable to convince the LFP they have the adequate infrastructure...

 By Ian Holyman

Luzenac to ask for Ligue 2 suspension

Former France and Man United goalkeeper Fabien Barthez (l), now director general of Luzenac, with coach Claude Pelissier (r).

Luzenac are to ask a court to suspend the Ligue 2 season as they continue their fight to be admitted to French football's second tier.

Runners-up in last season's National division, the minnows, who represent a village of some 650 inhabitants, were initially refused entry to Ligue 2 by French football's financial watchdog, the DNCG.

After a Toulouse...

 By Ian Holyman

LFP votes against Luzenac promotion

The vote means Luzenac will not play in Ligue 2.

The French Football League (LFP) has voted not to validate Luzenac's promotion to Ligue 2 this season because the village club's stadium does not conform to safety standards.

Luzenac -- who boast Fabien Barthez as director general -- finished runners-up in last season's third tier, but their promotion was thrown into doubt amid concerns over the stadium.

French football's financial watchdog, the DNCG, would not ratify...