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 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 the promotion, but they received a boost when a Toulouse court asked the DNCG to reconsider.

The DNGC then decided that the club, which represents a south-western village of around only 650 inhabitants, could join Ligue 2 despite the season already having started.

However, the 24 members of the LFP's Administrative Council voted on Friday to deny Luzenac the right to play in Ligue 2.

A statement on the LFP website said: "The club does not have a stadium which meets the regulatory norms.

"For several months, the club has been informed by the LFP numerous times that it had to have, in case of promotion, a stadium meeting the norms required to play in Ligue 2.

"In spite of multiple reminders, the club did not take the necessary steps to play in such a stadium throughout the season, nor even to propose a solution with another stadium which meets the norms."

The LFP faced having to contend with a 21-team Ligue 2 if it had allowed Luzenac's promotion, having already reinstated relegated Chateauroux.

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