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French Ligue 2

 By PA Sport

Nimes coach blasts former club president over match-fixing

Nimes coach Jose Pasqualetti has attacked former club president Jean-Marc Conrad over the match-fixing scandal which will see them demoted one division at the end of the season.

Following a hearing on Monday and Tuesday into seven Ligue 2 games last season, Nimes were found to have fixed four games as they battled successfully to avoid relegation.

A statement from the French Football League (LFP) on Tuesday evening read: "After reading reports and interviewing representatives of the clubs concerned,...

Nimes to be relegated from Ligue 2 after match-fixing probe

PARIS -- Second-tier French club Nimes will be relegated at the end of the season after their former president was found guilty of trying to fix matches.

After interviewing about 50 officials, players and coaches over two days, the French league disciplinary commission said on Tuesday that Jean-Marc Conrad tried to fix four matches as his club fought off relegation last season. He was banned from football-related activities for seven years.

Seven games involving Nimes were investigated after Conrad...

 By Ian Holyman

Ligue 2 match-fixing report finds Caen-Nimes 'understanding'

The 50-page report is the result of a two-month enquiry into seven Ligue 2 games.

A lengthy report into alleged match-fixing of Ligue 2 games last season has concluded that one match was subject to "an understanding" between the two clubs concerned.

The 50-page report -- drawn up by the former head of Paris' judicial police -- is the result of a two-month enquiry into whether seven French second-tier matches last season involving Nimes, who were battling against relegation, were fixed.

While the report uncovered details that suggested attempts to arrange results had failed in...

 By Ian Holyman

Court orders Lens relegation to Ligue 2, French Football Federation to appeal

Lens' promotion to Ligue 1 was only confirmed by the French federation days before the 2014-15 season kicked off.

Lens face being relegated to Ligue 2 at the end of this season regardless of their final position in the table after a court ruling regarding the club's finances on Thursday.

The Administrative Court of Besancon decided that Lens' promotion to the top flight last term summer was invalid. Sochaux, who finished 18th in Ligue 1 in that campaign and were relegated, had brought the case.

The northern club's rise to Ligue 1 had twice been rejected by French football's financial watchdog, the DNCG, due...

 By Ian Holyman

French clubs to hold minute's silence for victims of Charlie Hebdo attack

Lille players in prematch huddle during the minute's silence on Wednesday evening.

Clubs in France's top two divisions will hold a minute's silence ahead of matches this weekend in memory of the 12 people killed in the attack on the Charlie Hebdo offices in Paris.

The French Football League (LFP) announced the decision in a press release issued on Wednesday evening, hours after two gunmen had entered the magazine's office on the east side of the French capital and shot leading members of the paper, as well as two policemen.