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 By Ian Holyman
Aug 26, 2014

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 to compete at the higher level.

But after appealing again to France's Olympic Committee (CNOSF), Luzenac were rewarded with a favourable decision, and on Monday, France Info reported the LFP had also responded positively to the club's request for conciliation.

Earlier this month, the Administrative Council of French football's ruling body had unanimously rejected Luzenac's application to play in Ligue 2.

Luzenac's case hinges on an agreement it has reached with Toulouse's municipal authorities to use the city's stadium, which is also used by the city's Ligue 1 club, while the necessary work is undertaken at the Stade Ernest-Wallon -- the home of rugby side Stade Toulousain -- where Luzenac plan to play their home matches this season, but which is not yet up to Ligue 2 specifications.

The LFP will meet on Wednesday to render a decision on the matter, which appears likely to see Luzenac join Ligue 2, which is already four games into its season and would thereby become a logistically complex 21-team division.

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