French clubs postpone plans to boycott matches

French soccer clubs have postponed plans to boycott matches at

the end of the month in protest of a government plan to impose an

additional tax on players’ salaries.

The Union of Professional Football Clubs met with a government

mediator Wednesday and announced Thursday that the games for Nov.

29 through Dec. 2 will go ahead.

The union and the French league had previously agreed to boycott

matches in the first and second divisions for that round.

French President Francois Hollande has rejected the clubs’

request to alleviate the so-called 75-percent tax law on income

above 1 million euros or $1.38 million a year. He told a European

Union summit the law ”must be the same for all.”

Union President Jean-Pierre Louvel had been adamant the boycott

would proceed.