Veteran Guy Roux's contract to coach French first division side Lens next season has been overturned by the Professional Football League (LFP) on the grounds that he is too old.
Second-half substitute Sylvain Wiltord scored a late goal and earned a crucial penalty as Ligue 1 leaders Olympique Lyon salvaged a 3-3 home draw against Sochaux on Saturday.
French league leaders Olympique Lyon travel to struggling Troyes on Sunday looking to recapture their best league form just four days after Olympique Marseille ruined their French Cup hopes.
Olympique Lyon, who have shown signs of wear recently, stretched their lead to 12 points in Ligue 1 with a lucky 1-0 win at bottom club Sedan on Saturday.
Two late goals enabled Lille to claim a Champions League third qualifying round spot, with a 2-2 draw at Stade Rennes.
Nigerian striker John Utaka hit four goals to carry Stade Rennes to a 4-1 win over amateurs Colmar in the last 16 of the French Cup on Tuesday.
Matt Moussilou scored four goals, including a four-minute hat-trick, as Lille reclaimed second place in Ligue 1 with an 8-0 thrashing of bottom club Istres on Saturday.
Ligue 1 strugglers Caen knocked out holders Sochaux in the second round of the French League Cup on Wednesday.
Headed goals from skipper John Terry and striker Eidur Gudjohnsen gave Chelsea a 2-0 Champions League win over CSKA Moscow and virtually guaranteed their spot in the knockout round.
Liverpool's Czech Republic international midfielder Vladimir Smicer will be sidelined for six months after undergoing knee surgery.
Marseille president Christophe Bouchet plans to write to European soccer's governing body regarding Pierluigi Collina's refereeing in the UEFA Cup final.
Cup holders AJ Auxerre and league champions Olympique Lyon reached the French Cup second round on Saturday with comfortable 2-0 and 5-0 wins over Montpellier and Bourg-Peronnas.
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