Football: Around the world - France

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The Independent Online
CHARLES BIETRY, the president of struggling Paris Saint-Germain, resigned yesterday. Reeling from a string of disastrous results, PSG, France's richest club, are in 11th place in the First Division, 22 points behind the leaders, Marseilles.

The club have been in crisis since Bietry, a former sports journalist, took over prior to the season. After a string of poor results, including a defeat by Israel's Maccabi Haifa in the European Cup-Winners' Cup, the coach, Alain Giresse, was fired. But results have not improved since Bietry reappointed Artur Jorge as the coach. On Saturday, they were beaten 2- 0 by little Lorient and, to add insult to injury, the former PSG hero Patrice Loko hit both goals.