26 Oct 2013

French clubs to strike over tax

5:20 am on 26 October 2013

French football clubs will go out on strike for the first time in more than 40 years next month in protest at government plans to introduce a 75 percent tax rate for the highest earning players.

The first lockdown in the professional French game since 1972 is scheduled for the last weekend of November after a unanimous vote against President Francois Hollande's controversial supertax initiative.

Clubs in France's top two divisions have confirmed their opposition to the 75 percent tax proposal on annual incomes over one million euros.

Clubs are concerned that the tax hike will affect their ability to attract high-earning top players from abroad.