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Amiens & Lille’s budget blocked by the DNCG

The National Directorate of Management Control (DNCG) did not validate Amiens or Lille’s budget for the forthcoming season.

After examining 18 prior clubs, the DNCG has not (yet) validated the budgets submitted by LOSC and Amiens, in regards to the 2017-2018 season, while FC Nantes has been placed under advisement. For both Hauts-de-France clubs, the management supervisory body made a clear decision – “pending proceedings until further elements are provided.”  “It went well” assured LOSC general director Marc Ingla, late-on last evening. “We can operate (recruit) as we would expect. It’s simply that the DNCG asked us for further elements.”

The director did not give details, but his optimism was transmitted internally, through a very ambitious sporting project. Furthermore, Marc Ingla denied the idea that the requested documents were relative to the club’s financing, who had loaned investment funds in January, most notably from Manchester Security.

On the roadmap, LOSC expect the arrival of nine new players during this summer period, and foresee the salaries that go with them. The transfer budget is estimated at upwards of 50 million euros. However, for the time being, any player who has not been informed can not be apart of the 2017-18 projects to leave the club. As one of the actors of the case underlines, it’s a battle of nerves while waiting to resume training on Monday, under Argentinian coach Marcelo Bielsa’s lead. The departures will be well budgeted. As published on the Parisien-Aujourd’hui en France website, Lille has supposedly been fined by the LFP, on PSG’s part, for having contacted the Parisian left back Fodé Ballo-Touré (20 years old), before his contract expiry on June 30th, which is prohibited by LFP rules. Ballo-Touré will certainly be with Lille next season. The club told us (L’équipe) yesterday that they are not aware of said saction.

With regards to Amiens, club president Bernard Joannin, who did not follow up on our interview request, explained to our colleagues from Cournier Picard, that the DNCG examination lasted around two hours. “It went well” he said, alluding to the John Williams case, still registered on June 2nd amongst the sports agents fired by the French Football Federation. Lens and Lorient filed complaints with the FFF and LFP, criticizing Amiens of not having respected the rule prohibiting agents from being shareholders or heads of a club.

“John was never paid by us,” explained the Amiens president. “He has no role in the club, and is just an advisor.” According to Lens and Lorient, Williams was actually the Amiens sporting director, just as he was in Boulogne-sur-Mer, when providing president Jacques Wattez with a sum of 500,000 euros. According to the Merlus and Artésiens, Williams most notably contributed to the arrival of four players in Amiens including Laurent Héloïse, Régist Furtner, Georges Gope-Fenepej and Guessouma Fofana. Williams had been the agent of the former since he was in Le Havre, where he was also a member of their youth academy.



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