Lyon appeal DNCG decision to restrict transfer business

Lyon’s newly-named CEO Santiago Cucci has announced tonight that the club will appeal the recent decision taken by the DNCG – French football’s financial watchdog – to monitor the club’s transfer activity this season.

The budget put forward by the club’s owner, John Textor of Eagle Football Holdings, was deemed to be lacking in guarantees, and as such has imposed restrictions regarding the team’s wage bill and spending.

In an interview published on the club’s social media channels tonight, Cucci underlines the prospect of the sale of OL Reign – the women’s team based in Seattle – and upcoming player sales as sources of revenue. 

He concludes that the club will appeal so as to provide further clarification on their project, and bring more information to the table, as had been requested by the DNCG.

“On first analysis, they deemed that we had to rethink our plans. That’s fine – we’re humble, and we’re going to add further information to what we’ve presented. That’s why we’re going to appeal – to show the seriousness of the project, and provide the elements which were requested in the DNCG’s analysis. I think we’re going to go there with a serious, well-constructed and understanble case.”

Cucci then dismisses potential fears that Lyon’s appeal could be rejected, resulting in further sanctions – “We have nothing to hide”.

While under the sanctions, Les Gones have nevertheless been able to conclude the arrivals of young midfielder Skelly Alvero from Sochaux, as well as Angolan right-back Clinton Mata from Club Brugge.

GFFN | Raphaël Jucobin  

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