Keyword: football

Russia team given Euro 2016 'suspended disqualification', fans detained

UEFA also fined the team 150,000 euros for rioting during match against England in Marseille, while Russian fans' coach was intercepted in Cannes.

More violent clashes in Marseille before England-Russia football match

French media reported three England fans were seriously injured in fierce fighting between English and Russian groups and locals.

French football boss to sue Eric Cantona over race bias claim

Former football star suggested Didier Deschamps may have left Hatem Ben Arfa and Karim Benzema out of Euro 2016 squad on racial grounds.

France extends state of emergency to cover Euro 2016 football tournament

It is the third time the state of emergency, which will also cover the Tour de France, has been extended since the November 13 attacks on Paris.

Euro 2016: France to declare no-fly zones and deploy anti-drone technology

French authorities have reportedly trained for the possibility of drones being used to disperse chemical or biological weapons over crowds.

Muslim footballers on French Riviera 'banned' from praying on pitch

Football authorities on the Riviera have introduced a 'secularism charter' that bans clubs on Côte d'Azur from bringing religion into the game.

France to extend state of emergency to Euro 2016 soccer tournament

Prime minister Manuel Valls said it was necessary to extend emergency powers for two months as France prepares to host football tournament.

Brussels attacks: France confident of fan safety at Euro 2016

After Belgium bombs, French minister says everything will be put in place to guarantee 'collective security' at summer football tournament.

Michel Platini withdraws candidacy for FIFA presidency

Former French football star and UEFA boss, already suspended from football for 8 years, has formally thrown in FIFA presidential towel.

England-France football match to go ahead at Wembley

French and English officials maintain the Tuesday match in London, when England fans are urged to join in singing of La Marseillaise.

Djibril Cissé questioned by French police over alleged sex-tape blackmail plot

The former premier league footballer is reportedly one of four men questioned over alleged blackmail of Lyon star Mathieu Valbuena.

French minister calls for tougher security after crowd trouble at football match

Incident at Marseille-Lyon match, in which fans threw bottles onto pitch, comes less than a year before France hosts Euro 2016 finals.

French police identify seven Chelsea fans wanted for questioning in race case

French police have given their British counterparts the images of seven suspects after a black man was pushed off a Paris metro train on Tuesday.

France - a tax haven for Euro 2016 and other top sports events

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Super Victor, la mascotte officielle de l'Euro 2016 Super Victor, la mascotte officielle de l'Euro 2016

To support France's ultimately successful bid to host the Euro 2016 football tournament, ministers back in 2010 promised that the event's governing body UEFA would be exempt from all taxes on its profits. The current government decided to honour that pledge and enshrine it in budget legislation. But though the proposal met with opposition from many MPs in the National Assembly ministers then went even further and extended the exemption to other sports too. The result, reports Dan Israel, is that France has just become a tax haven for international sporting competitions.

French football rocked by Marseille bung probe and match-fixing arrests

A total of 13 people, including the presidents of Marseille and Caen football clubs, were arrested Tuesday in separate corruption probes.