Ligue 2 side RC Lens have been banned from signing any players until the end of the season. The high-flying Ligue 2 side put up the information on their official website. It comes as a big blow to the club, who were 3rd in Ligue 2 before the winter break and harbouring serious hope of gaining promotion.
The official statement on the website went as follows: ‘Following a hearing held on January 7, the DNCG decided to ban recruitment by Racing Club Lens until the end of this season. The club, alongside its shareholder, believes that this decision does not reflect the reality of the financial situation and the project (at the club). That is why we immediately appealed against this decision and wait with calm for the new hearing.’
Clearly, there is a chance that the decision will be rescinded after the appeal from RC Lens, but, as things stand, it could be a very damaging ban for the club and their hopes of automatic promotion.