"Snow" ball fines for PSG and Monaco
The LFP's Competitions Commission has sanctioned Paris Saint-Germain and Monaco following the use of a match ball which was not the "snow" version of the official Ligue 1 ball.
The PSG-Monaco match on December 18 2010 took place on a pitch partially covered with snow with a ball that was not the "snow" version of the official Ligue 1 ball.
PSG and Monaco both contravened competitions article 317 of the LFP which stipulates that all Ligue 1 and Ligue 2 matches must be played with official balls. Representatives of both clubs pleaded guilty to the charge and the competitions commission handed down a fine of 7500 euros to PSG and 5000 euros to Monaco.
As a reminder, the LFP states that the utilisation of a single ball, adopted by all major competitions and the big European leagues, provides the assurance of sporting equity. The LFP chose PUMA as official match ball provider for Ligue 1 and Ligue 2 football. The quality of the ball, produced to strict FIFA standards, has been recognised unanimously by players and coaches in Ligue 1 and Ligue 2. More than 1100 professional games have been played in France with official PUMA balls since the 2009-2010 season without controversy.
At the demand of the LFP, PUMA developed a "snow" ball, technically identical to the usual official ball used in Ligue 1 and Ligue 2. Numerous games have been played with the "snow" ball, be it in Ligue 1 (at Caen), in Ligue 2 (at Angers, Boulogne, Grenoble and Reims), and in several other European countries, without any technical problems or visibility issues arising. The "snow" ball has been approved by FIFA, the LFP and the Direction Nationale de l'Arbitrage (referees' controlling body), and was delivered to all clubs in October 2010.