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ESPN FC  By ESPN staff

Djibril Cisse may come out of retirement after successful hip op

Djibril Cisse celebrates scoring for Bastia.

Former France international Djibril Cisse says he may return to football after undergoing a successful hip operation.

Cisse, 34, announced his retirement last October after revealing that he would need a hip replacement. But the former Liverpool, Sunderland and QPR striker says that making a comeback seems a realistic possibility now that he is pain free.

"A return to the pitch - why not?," he told the Auxerre-based paper L'Yonne Republicaine.

"If I can, I'll play again. We'll give it a try.

"I...

 By Mark Rodden

Number of Ligue 1 promotion and relegation places to remain the same

Lyon snapped a three-game winless run with victory against Bordeaux in Ligue 1 on Wednesday, while Reims edged Angers.

A proposal to reduce the number of promotion and relegation places to and from Ligue 1 has been rejected by France's highest administrative court.

In July, the French Football Federation (FFF) overruled a decision of the French Football League (LFP) to cut the promotion/relegation places from three to two. The LFP appealed this decision to the State Council but on Wednesday the court ruled in the FFF's favour.

"This decision vindicates the FFF both in substance and in form," FFF president Noel Le...

 By Mark Rodden

Corinne Diacre thanks Clermont president for backing her

Corinne Diacre said she would love to see Clermont get promoted.

Clermont coach Corinne Diacre says that earning promotion would be a good way to thank the club president for giving her a chance to become the first woman to manage a professional men's team in France.

Diacre, 41, has guided Clermont to fifth in Ligue 2 this season -- just two points off the promotion places -- despite the club having the second-lowest budget in the league.

A former captain of France's...

 By Mark Rodden

Le Havre coach Bob Bradley demands players give more in training

The ESPN FC panel discuss former USMNT head coach Bob Bradley leaving Norway to coach in the French Ligue 2.

Former United States manager Bob Bradley says Le Havre's players will have to buy into his demanding work ethic if they are to have realistic hopes of being promoted to France's top flight.

Bradley, 57, left Norwegian side Stabaek to take over at the French Ligue 2 club in November but results did not go his way during his first month in charge.

He watched his team crash out of the Coupe de France against lower-league opposition before a 0-0 draw in his first home game in charge against mid-table...

 By Mark Rodden

Valenciennes' David Le Frapper gets two-match ban for sexist ref rant

David Le Frapper
Le Frapper's comments were not well-received by the league's disciplinary committee despite his apology.

Valenciennes manager David Le Frapper must serve a two-game match day ban as a result of his sexist remarks about a female referee.

Le Frapper, 44, was widely condemned earlier this month after hitting out at Stephanie Frappart following her decision not to award his side a penalty during a Ligue 2 match against Laval.

"Apparently there's a penalty but she didn't see it or she was too far away," he said following the game. "She was doing ice-skating before... I don't know."

The Valenciennes...