Lille headquarters raided by police after Fifa receive complaints from agents over blocked transfer payments


LILLE’S headquarters have reportedly been raided by police following complaints by agents after commission fees were blocked by the club.

According to L’Equipe, judicial police were on the scene at the Ligue 1 giants’ training ground on Tuesday afternoon.


Police are said to have raided Lille on Tuesday afternoonCredit: Reuters
It has been claimed that police were on scene at their headquarters after the club blocked commission fees for agents


It has been claimed that police were on scene at their headquarters after the club blocked commission fees for agentsCredit: Alamy

They state that investigators questioned several people at the Domaine de Luchin, including administrative and legal administrator Julien Mordacq.

The French news outlet has claimed that FIFA and Lille’s commercial court had received numerous complaints from agents.

It has been alleged that the 2021 French top-flight champions have blocked the payment of agent fees from previous transfers.

Lille are said to have been carrying out an internal investigation after bringing in a law firm before payment of sums are due.

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L’Equipe have also declared that police involvement at Lille’s HQ could be based around Victor Osimhen’s move to Napoli in 2020.

The Nigeria international swapped France for Italy in a £61million deal after scoring 18 goals in 38 games during the 2019-20 campaign.

In an exchange, four players made the move in the opposite direction, with only veteran goalkeeper Orestis Karnezis still on Lille’s books.

Ciro Palmieri, Luigi Liguori and Claudio Manzi were all released by Lille shortly after, where they are now competing in Italy’s lower leagues.

Lille signed the quarter for a joint fee of £17.4m, with the fee seen as noticeably overpriced.

It has been stated that the transaction was made to ease Napoli’s Financial Fair Play obligations by registering incoming transfer fees.

Osimhen’s sale saw Lille only pocket £31m – almost half the fee that they received.

In mid-April, Napoli were one of 11 clubs acquitted of suspected ‘doubtful transfers’ for ‘fictitious capital gains’.

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