French Soccer Clubs to Strike over 75% Tax Rate

French Soccer Clubs to Strike over 75% Tax Rate

French footballers will go out on strike for the first time in more than 40 years next month in protest at a government plans to tax top earners 75 percent, the clubs announced on Thursday.

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

The president of the French professional clubs union (UCPF), Jean-Pierre Louvel, said: “We are involved in a historic protest and have a real determination to save football by having a weekend without games at the end of November.”

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