Ligue 1 – Suspicions of irregular transfers: police raid on LOSC premises

Barely out of a complicated season, at the end of which their first team finished in tenth place in Ligue 1, far from their ambitions as reigning French champions, LOSC employees are obviously not at the end of their sentence. . A police raid took place on Tuesday at the headquarters of the northern club, located at the Luchin estate in Camphin-en-Pévèle, as confirmed by the club after revelations made by The Team.

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According to the sports daily, the investigators of the judicial police of Lille would have proceeded to the hearing of several people from the club, including the administrative and legal director of the Dogues, Julien Mordacq. In a press release, the club clarified that this police operation had taken place “after a complaint filed against X in October 2021”the Mastiffs considering themselves victims “of a number of contracts signed by the former management”. That of Gérard Lopez, at the head of the Lille institution between 2017 and 2020, before being replaced by Olivier Létang.

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Among these contracts could be those signed on the occasion of the transfer of Victor Osimhen, in the summer of 2020, to Naples, for 71.3 million euros gross. The sale of the Nigerian had only brought in 36 million net for the northern club, which had also recovered 4 players from the Italian club. Orestis Karnezis, then transferred for 20.3 million euros, is the only one still present in the squad trained this season by Jocelyn Gourvenec.

While, in mid-April, Italian justice, which had also looked into the subject, had acquitted eleven clubs suspected of “questionable transfers”including Naples, concerned by the Osimhen file for “fictitious capital gains”the LOSC, has blocked him for several months the payment of the commissions of sports agents.

Before paying the latter, he was awaiting the result of an internal investigation carried out by a law firm, commissioned by the Northerners, and which would therefore have delivered its conclusions. “The LOSC naturally collaborates in the procedure and its leaders are obviously at the full disposal of the police and justice in the context of this investigation”added the club in its press release.

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