L’Équipe report this afternoon that Lille have been unsuccessful in their appeal against a CAS decision which ruled that they would pay a fine after their former striker Rafael Leão terminated his contract with Sporting Club to join them back in 2018.
As initially reported by Portuguese outlet Record, Les Dogues will have to pay the €16.5m fine after the Lausanne-based court found both them and the now-Milan forward guilty.
Lille had appealed the decision back in February, with the management at that point reportedly lamenting the fact that the issue stemmed from the previous ownership of Gérard Lopez, as had other issues such as the Italian investigation into Victor Osimhen’s transfer and the strained partnership with Belgian side Mouscron.
It remains to be seen whether the sentence could affect contract extension talks between the forward and the Rossoneri, who have him tied down until 2024. He has four goals and four assists so far in Serie A this season.