Eric Cantona referees football vs. rugby match

Eric Cantona celebrating a goal for Manchester United in 1997.
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Eric Cantona referees a football vs. rugby match in France for charity.

Eric Cantona served as referee during a bizarre football vs. rugby match between French clubs Marseille and Toulon.

The contest was devised by a local charity with the aim of establishing which sport is superior while raising money for a good cause.

The first half of the match was played as a game of football, before the teams switched to rugby for the second half.

Marseille came out 36-35 winners, with striker Andre-Pierre Gignac and defensive midfielder Alaixys Romao scoring decisive tries in the second period.

Former France rugby union coach Marc Lievremont oversaw the match with Cantona.

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