Related

Article

Controversy in final round of French league fixtures

25 May 2007 03:41

PARIS (AFP) - Controversy has shot up into view for the final round of French league fixtures on Saturday after Toulouse's hopes of European football improved after earning more points following Nantes's punishment.

Champions Lyon and second-placed Marseille are already assured of Champions League football next season but the third Champions League spot and a UEFA Cup spot are still up for grabs.

Yet Thursday's decision by the French football league to award Toulouse a victory after their weekend 0-0 draw was abandoned late on because of trouble by Nantes' fans, has meant the south western club have an advantage.

Lens, Bordeaux, Rennes and Toulouse, who are second to sixth, all have a mathematical chance of claiming spots but Toulouse are now in a much better position and both Rennes and Bordeaux have not ruled out legal action against the league for their decision.

The French league disciplinary commission president Jacques Riolacci said on Thursday they had followed rules to the letter in awarding Toulouse victory and giving Nantes a one-match, suspended stadium ban.

More intriguingly Toulouse, more known for rugby than football, host Bordeaux this weekend.

Bordeaux president Jean-Louis Triaud said they had not ruled out civil legal proceedings against the league if his club loses revenue because of points awarded to Toulouse.

"All this is laughable," Triaud said. "The decision had been decided in advance. I hope for the league's sake we beat Toulouse because that will avoid certain problems."

French league fixtures

Saturday: Lille v Rennes, Lorient v Paris SG, Lyon v Nantes, Marseille v Sedan, Monaco v Nancy, Nice v Le Mans, Sochaux v St Etienne, Toulouse v Bordeaux, Troyes v Lens, Valenciennes v Auxerre

Sponsored links

Info

0 - 0

Competition
Ligue 1
Date
19 May 2007
Kick-off
20:45
Full-time
0 - 0
Details

Toulouse awarded the three points, due to crowd trouble from Nantes side. The result will be 0-0.

Thursday 23 October

Wednesday 22 October

23:57
23:55
23:49
23:42
23:41
23:41
23:39
22:54
22:54
22:54
22:53
22:45
22:44
22:39
22:37
21:22
21:13
20:45
19:50
19:32
18:28
18:21
18:07
17:50
17:34
17:03
17:01
16:37
16:30
14:36
12:52
12:18
11:20
11:18
10:39
10:38
09:50
09:26
08:34
07:15
06:07
04:55
04:54
04:41
03:02
02:51
02:42
02:11
01:51
01:47
01:27
01:22
00:18
00:14
00:03
00:00

Tuesday 21 October

23:59
23:57
23:50
23:47
23:44
23:24
23:19
23:01
23:00
23:00
22:51
22:44
22:43
22:40
22:04
22:00
21:19
21:05
20:59
20:25
20:01
20:00
19:53
19:22
18:22
18:20
18:14
18:10
17:44
17:01
16:45
16:02
15:06
14:57
14:37
14:04
13:04
10:48
10:06
10:00
06:20
05:25
05:16
04:44
04:37
04:19
04:01
03:23
03:07
02:25
02:14
02:12
01:12
00:11
00:07

Ligue 1 table

# Team MP D P
1 10 +17 25
2 10 +11 18
3 10 +6 18
4 10 +11 17
5 10 +0 17
6 10 +1 16
7 10 +1 15
8 10 +1 15
9 10 +0 14
10 10 -1 14
11 10 -1 14
12 10 -4 14
13 10 -2 12
14 10 -10 11
15 10 -4 10
16 10 -5 10
17 10 -7 10
18 10 -1 9
19 10 -8 9
20 10 -5 8

Facebook