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French giants end stand-off with Canal Plus

20 April 2015, 21:28

Barcelona - Players and coaches from French champions Paris Saint Germain and bitter rivals Marseille will reply to questions posed by journalists from French television channel Canal Plus after ending a 10-day boycott on Monday.

PSG, in Barcelona for Tuesday's Champions League quarter-final second leg match in which they trail 3-1, issued a statement saying they were satisfied the French league authorities had moved to restrict Canal Plus in what post-match images they would be able to shoot in the players tunnel.

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"The strong position taken by (The French Professional League) president Frederic Thiriez in favouring changes for next season in the filming of players on their way back to the changing rooms constitutes a genuine advance for all professional clubs," the statement read.

"In the spirit of conciliation, as the end of the season promises to be highly-charged right up to the climax, we have decided to suspend our decision (to boycott) but we will remain vigilant in protecting our players and the manner in which they are filmed."

Marseille said they had held constructive talks with senior figures from Canal Plus over the past few days and that significant progress had been made.

The two clubs had been furious over how two of their stars, Zlatan Ibrahimovic of PSG and Marseille's Dimitri Payet, had been held to account by the league after being caught on camera.

Ibrahimovic was suspended for four games after he was filmed delivering an expletive-laden rant against referees and France after his side lost at Bordeaux.

Payet was banned for two matches for shouting at the referee's room that Marseille had been "screwed" after a goal was disallowed in their 0-0 draw with title rivals Lyon.

Both subsequently had their bans reduced by one game.



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