A planned merger deal between two Parisian rugby giants Racing Metro and Stade Francais has been called off.
Racing 92 president Jacky Lorenzetti announced the news on Sunday.
“I have decided to give this beautiful project up,” Lorenzetti said in a statement.
“I have heard and understood the reservations … the social, human, sporting conditions are not met. Perhaps we were right too soon,The future of Stade Francais will be written without us and I wish them the best.” he added.
The merger faced a lot of criticism and protest over the past days. Even the Paris mayor Anne Hidalgo opposed the merger.