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The bad news follows one another in Angers. The SCO has just been banned from recruiting for the next two seasons due to a contentious transfer. This decision comes after a bad period marked by the resignation of the club's president.

The club SCO Angers, good last in Ligue 1, has been sentenced to a recruitment ban for the next two transfer window, due to a dispute over the transfer of Ilyes Chetti, announced Thursday the club in a statement. This sanction was pronounced by FIFA's dispute resolution chamber, following a dispute over the transfer of defender Ilyes Chetti, from ES Tunis to SCO last summer.

Esperance de Tunis is contesting the termination of Chetti's contract last summer that allowed the Algerian international to sign free for Angers. In a statement published Thursday, the French club announced "appeal this decision to the CAS" because it does not consider itself "responsible for a termination of the contract prior to the hiring of the player Ilyes Chetti".

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SCO in distress

The club was sentenced "jointly and severally to pay" a fine and a ban on registering new players for the next two transfer window periods. The 28-year-old must also pay his former club the sum of 970,000 euros "as compensation for breach of contract without just cause, as well as a four-month suspension from all official matches".

In April, the Algerian international was suspended for a month by the club in another case: he was sentenced in April to four months in prison suspended by the criminal court of Angers for sexual assault. His situation at the SCO of Angers "will be reviewed by the end of the season," according to the same source. In distress this season, the Angevins could be officially relegated to Ligue 2 at the end of the 33rd matchday of Ligue 1.