Soccer-PSG appeal against League Cup ban

PARIS Wed May 7, 2008 6:08pm BST

PARIS May 7 (Reuters) - Paris St Germain will appeal against the decision to ban them from defending the League Cup next season after some of their fans held up an abusive banner during this season's final, the club said on Wednesday.

The banner was briefly unfurled after the interval of the League Cup final on March 29, which PSG won 2-1 against northern club Racing Lens. It referred to a film about the life of the Ch'tis, a nickname for the people of northern France, which is breaking box office records in France.

It read: "Paedophiles, unemployed, inbred: welcome among the Ch'tis."

The French League (LFP) ruled last week the club would not be allowed to enter next season's League Cup.

PSG, third from bottom in Ligue 1 with two matches left, qualified for the French Cup final on Tuesday with a 1-0 win at second division Amiens.

(Reporting by Chrystel Boulet-Euchin, writing by Patrick Vignal, editing by Clare Lovell)

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