- Associated Press - Wednesday, February 3, 2016

PARIS (AP) - The French football league has lost its bid to reduce the number of teams relegated from the topflight next season from three to two.

France’s highest administrative court upheld the national football federation’s decision to keep the number to three on the grounds that the league’s plan could have damaged “the general interests of the discipline.”

Last year, the French federation opposed the league’s decision to reduce the number of relegated teams to two, prompting league officials to appeal to the Conseil d’Etat.

A majority of top clubs supported the league’s project, arguing it would bring more financial stability to the elite teams.

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