Merger of Paris powerhouses cancelled - Racing 92 president
PARIS, March 19 (Reuters) - A planned merger between Parisian rugby powerhouses Racing 92 and Stade Francais has been cancelled amid strong opposition, Racing 92 president Jacky Lorenzetti said on Sunday.
"I have decided to give this beautiful project up," Lorenzetti said in a statement.
Stade Francais players began an open-ended strike last week, denouncing what they called a takeover in disguise, while the French federation and the Paris mayor also opposed the merger. (Reporting by Julien Pretot; Editing by Toby Davis)