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€50 million secures Monaco football HQ

Monaco have won the right to keep their head office in the Principality rather than in France but only after agreeing to pay France's professional football league (LFP) €50 million.

€50 million secures Monaco football HQ
Photo: AFP

Friday's agreement to the long running dispute means Monaco will escape France's new 75 percent super-rich tax rate.

The LFP in March 2013 issued Monaco with an ultimatum — telling the Ligue 1 side to move their registered company across the border into France by June 2014 or risk getting kicked out of the French league.

The dispute arose as French clubs felt Monaco received considerable financial advantages falling under the less onerous tax regime of the Principality.

Friday's deal comes ahead of a scheduled Council of State hearing next week to rule on the affair.

Confirming the settlement the LFP declared: "Monaco have agreed to pay a voluntary…and one-off sum of €50 million to the LFP and have stopped their action before the Council of State."

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French prosecutors demand jail term for Russian accused of leaving England football fan with brain damage

French prosecutors on Friday called for a 15-year prison sentence for one of two Russians accused of beating a British supporter during Euro 2016, an attack that left him with brain injuries.

French prosecutors demand jail term for Russian accused of leaving England football fan with brain damage
Russian fans light flares at the match against England in 2016.. Photo: AFP

One prosecutor, Christophe Raffin, asked for the “legal maximum… between 14 and 15 years” for Pavel Kossov, who is accused of throwing the first punch at 55-year-old Andrew Bache.

Bache was injured in the violence that broke out before England played Russia in the southern French port city of Marseille on June 11th, 2016.

The second Russian on trial in Aix-en-Provence, Mikhail Ivkine, stands accused of throwing a chair at the victim, with prosecutors asking for a potential suspended sentence of up to five years.

He has claimed he was defending himself.

“No, it wasn't legitimate self-defence, it was illegitimate use of force against Andrew Bache,” Raffin said of the violence.

 

Police give emergency aid to Andrew Bache following clashes in the city of Marseille. Photo: AFP

The prosecutors said the Russians were part of a group of about 150 men, many with martial arts training, who wrought havoc in Marseille.

Bache, from Portsmouth in southern England, has no memory of the events and is too frail to attend the trial.

His son Harry, who nurses his father, is representing him in court.

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