French football clubs have agreed to go on strike in protest at the government’s decision to raise the tax on top-earning players to 75 per cent.
It is the first time a strike could happen in the French game in over 40 years and will affect the round of matches played over the weekend over November 30, including Paris Saint-Germain's home encounter with Olympique Lyonnais.
The president of the French professional clubs' union (UCPF), Jean-Pierre Louvel told L'Equipe: "There will be a weekend without a game at the end of the month [of November].
“We are facing a historical movement with a real determination to save football.”
Clubs are unhappy at Socialist President Francois Hollande's contentious 'super tax' initiative which could come into effect next year and will impose a tax of 75% on players earning more than €1 million per annum.
Companies will be forced to take on the extra tax rather than the individuals themselves, but there are concerns that this will put French clubs at a disadvantage when attempting to lure top players to the country as they will not be able to compete as ably financially as before.
Ligue 1 teams estimate that they would be left with a €44 million tax bill if the new legislation comes in. Monaco, though, would be exempt as they do not fall under France jurisdiction.