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 By Ian Holyman

Match abandoned after one-woman sit-down protest in centre circle

Disgruntled fans have refused to sing, turned their backs on their team or simply not turned up in protest in the past. Hopefully, none of them take a leaf out of one very angry French lady's book.

The furious femme strode defiantly into the middle of the action as Tarbes and Juillan met in a local league game in south-west France on Sunday, placed a chair in the centre circle and promptly parked herself on it.

The reason? No, not for a front row seat, but to display her lack of joie de vivre at the numerous footballs fired into her nearby garden by hapless players during Juillan's training sessions.

After 45 minutes of fruitless negotiation, the cheesed-off neighbour was still standing sitting firm, and the game was abandoned.

Upper Pyrenees football association officials will now meet at their own seat of power to discuss what happens next: replay the match, or award the points to Tarbes, who were winning 2-1 at the time of the extraordinary sit-down protest.

Ian is ESPN's French football correspondent. Twitter: @ian_holyman


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