football

Crisis? What crisis? Money no object in Qatari strategy with PSG

France

With its signing of Argentine superstar Lionel Messi this summer, and its money-no-object refusal to agree the 180-million-euro transfer to Real Madrid of its French star forward Kylian Mbappé, football club Paris Saint-Germain’s Qatari owners, apparently immune to the financial effects of the Covid-19 crisis, once again demonstrated their unbridled ambitions in diplomacy through sport. As Jérôme Latta reports, the backdrop is the ever more deregulated structure of European football.

French footballers banned from wearing headscarves stage their own tournament

France — Report

Wearing a headscarf or hijab during a football match is authorised by the sport's world governing body FIFA. But they remained banned for official games in France. A group of Muslim women players are fighting against this discriminatory policy and are calling on the French football authorities, the Fédération Française de Football (FFF), to change their rules. As part of that battle the group, known as Les Hijabeuses, organised a football tournament on the outskirts of Paris. Mickaël Correia reports.

'Thank you Nasser for your gift': when FIFA secretary general found luxury watch in his Qatar hotel room

International — Investigation

Shortly after a committee of world football governing body FIFA in February 2015 controversially recommended that the 2022 World Cup in Qatar could be played in winter, the then FIFA secretary general Jérôme Valcke secretly met with Qatari businessman Nasser al-Khelaifi, president of French football club PSG and chairman of beIN Sports, who was thanked by Valcke hours later for a gift of a watch worth 40,000 euros, according to phone text messages revealed here by Mediapart. Al-Khelaifi denies he was behind the gift. Swiss prosecutors, meanwhile, have dropped their probe of the two men over suspected bribery, which included Valcke’s free use of a luxurious villa bought by al-Khelaifi in Sardinia. Yann Philippin reports.

Ex-sports minister says French league cancelled too early

France — Link

Patrick Kanner, sports minister from 2014-17, thinks the leagues felt pressured following PM's televised address into calling their seasons off, and that play might have been able to go ahead in the right conditions.

Club boss urges French PM to reconsider ending football season

France — Link

Lyon's presidsent Jean-Michel Aulas said French football would face an 'unprecedented economic and social crisis' because of decision to end the football season early.

Paris St-Germain awarded title as French football season ends early

France — Link

PSG were 12 points clear at the top of the table, with a game in hand, when French football was suspended indefinitely on 13 March.

Why new 'anti-White racism' ideology is the legacy of ignoring France's colonial question

France — Opinion

The notion of 'anti-White racism' is an ideological construct aimed at downplaying the systemic, social and cultural racism endured by black people and people of North African origin in France. Mediapart publishing editor Edwy Plenel says that its emergence in public debate is a sign of how France has failed to face up to the issue of colonialism, to both its long past and its persistence today.

French football match suspended after fans display homophobic banners

France — Link

Referee stopped Nice-Marseille  game for 10 minutes after banners and chants - incident is latest in a series to have occurred in France.

France's World Cup win and the glories of immigration

France — Link

The New Yorker's Adam Gopnik argues that 'the French team, now the finest in the world’s most popular sport, is entirely dependent for its greatness on immigration, on the extraordinary things that only a cosmopolitan civilization can achieve'.

France lift second World Cup title in 4-2 victory over brave Croatia

International — Link

In the final of the football World Cup tournament held this summer in Russia, a largely young France team brimming with individual talent beat a hard-fighting but unlucky Crotia by four goals to two in a highly entertaining match marked by questionable refereeing decisions. 

At least 25 hurt as football stadium barrier collapses in France

France — Link

Incident happened at stadium in Amiens in northern France during Ligue 1 match between Amiens and Lille as away fans celebrated a goal.

French football league backs Neymar's €222m transfer to PSG in Paris

France — Link

Frace's PLP says it 'does not understand' the decision by La Liga to hold up Barcelona star's record transfer to Paris Saint-Germain.

US businessman set to buy Marseille football club

France — Link

Frank McCourt, former owner of Los Angeles Dodgers baseball team, described the French club as 'one of the most iconic brands in all sports'.

Euro 2016 win would boost French morale, says Hollande

France — Link

French president said sporting victories give a nation a feeling it can succeed in other areas such as the economy, culture, politics and diplomacy.

Twenty Russia supporters deported from France - but plan to return

France — Link

Fans were put on flight from Nice to Moscow but say they will come back for Russia-Wales match because their visas have not been cancelled.