- Associated Press - Wednesday, May 20, 2015

PARIS (AP) - French club Nimes will not be relegated from the second division next season after the country’s soccer federation overturned a previous decision in a match-fixing case.

The league’s disciplinary commission had ruled in March that the club’s former president, Jean-Marc Conrad, tried to fix four matches as his team fought off relegation last season. He was banned from soccer-related activities for seven years and the club demoted by one division.

But the club appealed to the French federation, which instead handed Nimes an eight-point penalty at the start of next season.

Seven games involving Nimes were investigated after Conrad was arrested last November. The investigation followed a 1-1 draw against Caen last May that kept Nimes in the second division and saw Caen promoted to the top division.

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