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RugbyU: Match postponed as six diagnosed with H1N1

A French rugby union championship match has been postponed after six players with Castres were diagnosed with the H1N1 virus, commonly known as swine flu, the National Rugby League (LNR) said yesterday.
It is the first time any professional sports fixture or event in France has been postponed because of the virus.
There are now 10 reported cases of the H1N1 virus in French rugby.
Three Stade Francais players were diagnosed with the H1N1 virus earlier this week and while their match will go on the three players have been advised to stay at home for five to seven days.
Another unidentified player, with Bayonne, was also diagnosed with the virus this week.
Castres had been due to meet Montauban on Saturday, having won their first two Top 14 matches of the season against Biarritz and Bourgoin.

Football: Platini promises tough, anti-debt measures

The head of European football, Michel Platini, has promised to introduce tough regulations by the 2012-2013 season to force UEFA's clubs to spend only within their means.
Some of Europe's top clubs, including nine-times European champions Real Madrid, have accumulated huge debts during their respective campaigns for success on the field.
Real had an estimated debt of 500 million pounds (816m dollars) up to the end of the 2007-08 season, with financial experts estimating the Spanish giants will soon have a debt of around 800 million (1,306m dollars) following their summer spending spree.
Platini is a strong advocate of clubs reining in their finances and the UEFA president believes it is time to stop clubs' finances from spiralling out of control.
Launching his "financial fair play" campaign on Thursday in Paris, Platini claimed he has been asked by, and won the backing of, club owners such as Chelsea's Roman Abramovich, players, leagues and national associations.
It would also mean the end of mega-rich owners, such as Manchester City's Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed al Nahyan, making huge gifts of cash to their clubs.
In a BBC website report Platini said: "We have everyone on board with this, the owners, the players, the leagues, the national associations.
"If a club can get loans from a bank to buy players and is able to pay back bank loans then it is not a problem. But if a club gets a lot of money or subsidies from a big backer and is still in deficit in two years then it is a problem and we don't want that."
Platini said an independent panel would be created to determine whether clubs had broken the rules.

 

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