Sheffield Wednesday: Mammadov club receives promotion green light

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RC Lens, one of the club’s under the umbrella of Sheffield Wednesday owner-in-waiting Hafiz Mammadov, will be allowed to play in Ligue 1 next season, it has been confirmed.

The French club had their promotion to the top flight blocked at the end of June due to discrepancies in their budget for next season.

Lens appealed against the decision to the DNCG, French football’s financial watchdog, but it was rejected.

However, the club asked for the DNCG’s ruling to be overturned by the CNOSF, France’s Olympic committee and the highest board of appeal for sport in the country, and they duly ruled in Lens’ favour on Friday.

Further to the CNOSF’s backing, the Executive Committee of the French Football Federation (FFF) opted to lift Lens’ suspension yesterday. There will be a salary cap and restrictions placed on Lens regarding signings next term.

A Lens statement read: “RC Lens welcomes the decision of the Executive Committee of the FFF, which validated the proposal Friday night by the Conciliator CNOSF. “The wait has been long and challenging for all fans of the club. RC Lens thank all those who, at all levels, have rallied to his side to successfully pass this vital step for the future of Sang & Or.”

Lens finished runners up in Ligue 2 last term.

Owls chairman Milan Mandaric has repeatedly stressed the off-the-field troubles affecting Lens have no bearing on Mammadov’s buyout of the Championship outfit.

Wednesday confirmed on Saturday night that the Azerbaijani businessman’s takeover has been delayed because Mammadov has been dealing with his other business interests in his homeland. The Owls hope to update supporters again prior to the first match of the season at Brighton and Hove Albion on August 9.