Ligue 1 Channel Surfing: Racial Quotas and the FFF

French football has mired itself in the national debate over immigration by allegedly sanctioning racial quotas within its youth academies. While Laurent Blanc comes under scrutiny for approving restrictions on black and North African youth players, former teammate, Lilian Thuram hopes it all turns out to be untrue.

Serie A Spaghetti Western Theatre: Inter’s Pazzini Stuns Cesena, Brescia Cling To Hope & Udinese Look Lost

The Serie A is unfortunately ahead of schedule in conducting its end of season business. The Scudetto is almost secure and the automatic Champions league places are locked down. Still there are two quartets, one battling for the remaining European places and the other to survive relegation. If this weekend’s array of last minute goals is any indication, none of the eight sides will rest easy until their task is done.

Ligue 1 Channel Surfing: Has Taiwo’s OM Swan Song Sealed An AC MIlan Deal?

OM full back Taye Taiwo spoiled his own party by joining Marseille fans in chanting derogatory songs regarding PSG after he scored the winning goal at the Stade de France in the first successful defence of the Coupe de la Ligue title in French history. With Marseille in prime position to retake the LIgue 1 lead and possibly defend their league championship, as well, the disciplinary fall-out may be critical and could hasten the Nigerian’s rumoured departure for AC Milan.

Serie A Spaghetti Western Theatre: AC Milan Within Reach of Scudetto, Napoli Throwing It All Away

Milan seem to be the only club in Italy consistently winning. As such, they’re on the threshold of their first Scudetto since 2003. In the meantime, last week’s losers, Roma and Inter came out on top on Saturday while the winners from seven days past, Lazio and Udinese took it on the chin.

Serie A Spaghetti Western Theatre: Lazio, Udinese On The Up, Inter, Napoli, Roma Break Down & Samp Beyond Repair

With five games remaining in the Serie A season, every point won – and lost – is vital. As the final stretch takes shape, the only certainties are at the top and bottom. Milan have the Scudetto well within their grasp and Bari should be making plans for Serie B in the fall. Everything else is still in doubt.

Channel Surfing: All-Action Weekends Around Europe Show Ligue 1′s Malaise

Tapesh Patel is concerned about the direction in which Ligue 1 is moving. While the Bundesliga slipped in and nipped the UEFA Co-Efficient and a fourth Champions League place away from Serie A, it seems that Ligue 1 has just slipped.

Ligue 1 Channel Surfing: Newcastle’s Joey Barton Speaks French? Who Knew?

Joey Barton speaks his mind to French mag So Foot and the FA breathes a sigh of relief that it wasn’t someone with more credibility. Meanwhile, Lille OSC leave the door open for the rest of Ligue 1.

Serie A Spaghetti Western Theatre: Lecce Fly, Udinese Crash & Parma Drift Into Danger

This week on Spaghetti Western Theatre, Lecce may have crafted a happy ending to their season, Udinese have been caught in a cruel plot twist and Parma have given Hernan Crespo’s understudy top billing.

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