Soccer-French federation marketing deal likely to be cancelled

PARIS, March 15 - The French soccer federation's four-year contract with marketing company Sportfive is likely to be annulled by a French court, sports daily L'Equipe reported on Tuesday. Former president Claude Simonet, who was replaced by Jean-Claude Escalettes last month, had signed a deal with Sportfive seven months before his departure but it had not gone out to legal tender, the paper said. The deal, which included the television and marketing rights for the national team and the French Cup from 2006 to 2010, earned the federation (FFF) 10 million euros (

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