Lens handed transfer ban

Lens' preparations for their return to Ligue 1 have been hit after being handed a ban on signing new players.

The northern club finally had their promotion to the top flight rubber-stamped on appeal after it was initially prevented - despite them finishing second in Ligue 2 last season - for failing to provide sufficient financial guarantees.

However, the decision has come with stringent financial sanctions from the National Directorate of Management Control (DNCG).

Lens confirmed on their official website that they are prohibited from adding to their squad until owner Hafiz Mammadov fulfils his commitment to inject funds into the club.