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SBD Global/October 18, 2013/Leagues and Governing Bodies

French Leagues Ligue 1, Ligue 2 Considering Strike If 75% Millionaire Tax Imposed

French football clubs in Ligue 1 and Ligue 2 "could go on strike next week" due to a possible increased tax on high salaries that "would especially affect the leagues' richest clubs," according to Abraham Romero of AS. The decision will be made next week in France's National Assembly. If applied, "clubs will have to pay taxes of 75%" if any employee's salary exceeds €1M ($1.3M). Ligue 1 Paris St. Germain, for example, would have to pay up to €20M ($27M) in taxes due to the high salaries of its players and coach Laurent Blanc. Ligue 2 Le Havre President Jean Pierre Louvel said regarding a possible strike, "It will depend on the government's attitude and the availability of our clubs." The clubs "have until next Thursday to decide on a possible strike" (AS, 10/17).
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