France elects first woman foot­ball chief

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PARIS: French foot­ball’s rul­ing body the Pro­fes­sional Foot­ball League (LFP) yes­ter­day elected their first woman pres­i­dent with Nathalie Boy De La Tour win­ning a four-year term. Boy De La Tour who pre­vi­ously held a po­si­tion with the “Foot­ball Foun­da­tion” which pro­motes the game in the com­mu­nity takes over from FrÈdÈric Thiriez who re­signed last month af­ter 14 years. For­mer France coach Ray­mond Domenech, who had been among the can­di­dates, with­drew from the run­ning af­ter he was re­jected in the first round by the gen­eral as­sem­bly.

The LFP which over­sees the 40 pro­fes­sional clubs in France’s top two leagues-Ligue 1 and Ligue 2 - has been in cri­sis since Thiriez’s de­par­ture. Di­vi­sions be­tween the top clubs, in­clud­ing Paris Saint-Ger­main, Lyon and Mar­seille, and smaller sides flared up in Oc­to­ber and the vote for a pres­i­dent could not be taken. Domenech, 64, coached France from 2004 to 2010, but re­mains a di­vi­sive fig­ure de­spite a run­ner-up spot in the 2006 World Cup. His term as France coach was over­shad­owed by the fi­asco at the 2010 World Cup and play­ers’ strike in South Africa.

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