Racing and St Germain battle for Euro spot




Potential EHL places will be confirmed in a
number of leagues across Europe with the French league among those where a
European representative will be decided.
Racing Club de France meet St Germain in
Versailles in their classico on Sunday with the winner taking the first European spot as
champions of the Top 8 – a draw will see Racing take first place, too.
But RCF have struggled in recent weeks, taking
the foot off the pedal with a 1-1 draw against seventh place Le Touquet and a
4-3 loss against Lille.
It has allowed St Germain get back into the
title race with a 3-2 win over Lille and a 7-3 success against FC Lyon to get
within two points of the reigning champions.
There is added layer of controversy, though,
as a result of confusion about the rules, something that was only clarified in
midweek with the Federation FFH confirming who will win the two European spots.
The French season is broken in to two phases;
an initial Top 8 league from which sides qualify for the Top 4 end of season
semi-final and final playoffs.
The official rules initially stated that “first
place in the Top 4 along with the French champion” would take the European
places – if these are the same, the finalists take the second ticket.
But, on Wednesday, the Federation realised the
wrong rules had been sent to the clubs, confirming that it should have read the
“first place in the Top 8” would take one of the European spots.
This ups the ante significantly for this final
game of the season with a European place now on the line between two sides who
had already been assured a place in the top four, the suggestion being they may
have used the game more as a preparation for the playoffs.
There is also a battle for the last remaining Top 4 place.
Lyon are in fourth place and need a win against CA Montrouge to hold off the
challenge of Paris Jean Bouin who need to win against Lille on Saturday evening to advance.