French Clubs To Go On Strike Over 'Super Tax'
24 October 2013
Posted by: Author: Irish Independent
Author: Irish Independent
Clubs in Ligue 1 and Ligue 2 are to go on strike for one weekend next month in protest at the French government's plans for a new 'super tax'.
The nation's Professional Clubs' Union (UCPF) announced on Thursday
there would be no matches staged on the weekend of November 29-December
"There will be a weekend without games," said UCPF president Jean-Pierre Louvel.
the proposal, companies, rather than individuals, will be liable to pay
the 75 per cent tax rate for the part of employees' annual salaries
that exceed one million euros.
The issue is to be discussed in
parliament, but the fear among clubs is that it will dissuade players
from playing their football in France and they will instead seek
"I agree with the determination of the
French clubs," added Ligue de Football Professionnel (LFP) president
Frederic Thiriez in remarks reported by L'Equipe.
The clubs had
initially hoped they would be exempt, but sports minister Valerie
Fourneyron confirmed last month that that would not be the case.
statement on the official LFP website added: "This day "football in
danger, all together!" is unprecedented in the history of French
football, as a first initiative from football to protest against the
introduction of exceptional tax on high salaries paid by employees under
the draft budget law for 2014.
"This tax is unfair and discriminatory.
economic crisis has not spared the clubs who have had their ticket
sales and television rights decrease for three consecutive years."
This article first appeared in independent.ie.