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Volume 6 No. 212

International Football

The French Professional Football League (LFP), Professional Football Club Union (UCPF) and Professional Footballers National Union (UNFP) have strongly opposed the 75% tax "for high earners" being prepared by President François Hollande's government, according to In a statement, the organizations said, "It will have a disastrous effect on the competitiveness of French football. The clubs, which for the immense majority, are completely incapable of increasing their salaries, will be deprived of numerous talents that are indispensable to their sporting and economic success ... It is the entire sector of French professional football, comprised of 25,000 jobs, that will suffer the very negative consequences of a reckless tax measure (, 9/28). REUTERS' Blachier & Pretot reported that the French government said that the new temporary levy would be in operation until "the country's debts were cleared." The current tax rate in France is 40% on earnings above €69,505 ($89,328). UCPF General Dir Philippe Diallo said that the new tax would cost clubs "around €150M ($192.8M)." Diallo said, "The impact is significant for us in a very unfavourable period for French football, since we lost €131M in 2011." The package has the objective of cutting France's deficit to 3% of national output next year from 4.5% this year, "bringing in €30B ($38.6B) for the treasury" (REUTERS, 9/28).

The Algerian Football Federation (FAF) announced that the friendly football match between Algeria and Brazil scheduled for Nov. 14 "will not take place," according to Nadir Athmani of The negotiations "hit an impasse" when it came to TV rights and financial requirements. The Brazilians had asked for €1.5M ($1.9M). The FAF released a statement that read, "The negotiations between the Algerian Football Federation and the English company that officially represents the Brazilian Football Federation (CBF) have unfortunately failed. These negotiations failed notably due to the lack of an agreement when it came to TV rights, worldwide marketing and the exorbitant financial demands the company wanted" (DNA-ALGERIE, 9/29). Earlier in September, FAF President Mohammed Raouraoua had revealed the two sides were "currently negotiating" a deal and that he was confident the sponsors would guarantee the sum that had been asked by the CBF (SBD Global, 9/17).

Some Brazil 2014 World Cup teams "will have to play afternoon matches at tropical venues" after organizers announced kickoff times on Thursday. Most of the 64 games will take place in the afternoon, which is unlikely to be a problem in the cooler south but could subject players to "searing heat in the tropical north and northeast." The times are favorable for European TV viewers (REUTERS, 9/28). ... FIFA President Sepp Blatter revealed that extra linesmen behind the goals are unlikely to be used at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil despite the "system's apparent success" at Euro 2012. Blatter added that the system, with one additional linesman behind each goal, had not featured in the World Cup qualifiers, and "it would be inconsistent to employ it at the finals" (REUTERS, 9/28).