Mammadov’s French club get promotion approval

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The French club of Owls owner-in-waiting Hafiz Mammadov has had its promotion to Ligue Un recommended following an appeal over its blocking.

RC Lens were temporarily denied their ascension to the French top flight after the Gallic game’s financial regulator found discrepancies within the club’s proposed budget for the coming season.

Those discrepancies centred around a missing €10million payment due from Mammadov which the Azerbaijani businessman had failed to provide.

However, the French Olympic and Sports Commission (CNOSF) – to whom Lens appealed the decision – have now recommended they be allowed to play in Ligue Un next season.

Though an official decision by the CNSOF has yet to be announced, it is understood they are now satisfied about Mammadov’s commitment to the club.

Lens president Gervais Martel is reported to have travelled to London to meet Mammadov in order to gain the assurances the CNOSF were looking for.

Mammadov is understood to be in London to put the finishing touches to his takeover of Wednesday, first announced six weeks ago.

Following the CNOSF’s recommendation, the ultimate decision regarding Lens’ promotion to the top flight will be made by the French Football Federation.