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Ligue 1 relegation places stay at three, uncertainty continues

Here's five things you need to know ahead of the second weekend of the French Ligue 1 season.

PARIS -- France's highest administrative court, the Conseil d'Etat, has provisionally upheld the national football federation's decision to keep the number of relegation places in Ligue 1 at three.

Last month, the French federation opposed the league's decision to reduce the number of relegated teams to two, which meant Ligue 1 could continue with its previous system of three promotion and relegation placed.

League officials asked the court to suspend the federation's decision, but that has been...

 By Ian Holyman

French FA overrules LFP decision to cut Ligue 1 promotion places

Ligue 2 clubs had voiced anger at plans to cut the number of promotion places to the top flight, won by PSG last season

The French Football Federation (FFF) has annulled the decision of the French Football League (LFP) to reduce the number of promotion and relegation places to and from Ligue 1 to two from three.

At a meeting in Paris on Thursday, the FFF executive committee agreed to invalidate the measure -- which would have been introduced from next season -- ruling...

 By PA Sport

Lens' Benjamin Bourigeaud requires hand surgery after attack by own fans

Benjamin Bourigeaud (R) came to the aid of Baptiste Guillaume (L).

Lens midfielder Benjamin Bourigeaud requires surgery on a hand injury suffered when he was attacked by fans of his own team.

Bourigeaud, 21, was out in nearby Arras with former teammate Baptiste Guillaume when the latter was confronted by Lens fans angered by his transfer to rivals Lille.

Bourigeaud attempted to defend his close friend and suffered a fracture to his hand. Coach Antoine Kombouare revealed details of the incident after Bourigeaud missed Le Sang Et Or's goalless preseason friendly...

 By PA Sport

Julien Fabri extends Marseille contract, joins Bourg-Peronnas on loan

Marseille have tied goalkeeper Julien Fabri to a two-year contract extension before loaning him to Bourg-Peronnas.

Fabri, 21, will spend the 2015-16 campaign with the newly-promoted Ligue 2 side, who do not have the option to buy Fabri when his loan expires.

A statement on OM's official website said: "Julien Fabri's first professional...

 By Ian Holyman

Montpellier coach Rolland Courbis blasts Ligue 1 finances

The ESPN FC crew respond to the reports that Angel Di Maria may move to PSG this summer.

Montpellier coach Rolland Courbis has told AFP French football is "going straight to the cemetery" with its finances in ever-worsening state.

French TV channels have signed a record rights deal to broadcast the professional game domestically, paying €748.5 million for the period of 2016-2020.

Though a significant improvement on the €607 million TV paid for the previous four-year period, the agreement is still dwarfed by that which broadcasters have struck with the Premier League.

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