Ligue 1 club, Angers have been handed a transfer ban by FIFA for the next two transfer windows over a dispute with Tunisian club side, Espérance de Tunis, over the free transfer of full-back Ilyes Chetti last summer.

The former Espérance de Tunis defender, Chetti, who was given a four-month prison sentence for sexual assault earlier this month, had terminated his contract with the Tunisian outfit before signing for the Ligue 1 side last July.

Espérance contested the termination of Chetti , and have now seen FIFA rule in their favour – with the left-back now made to pay €970,000 to his former club.

He has also been suspended from football for four months – having already been sidelined by his club until May following his sexual assault conviction. Angers have indicated that they intend to appeal the decision through the Court of Arbitration for Sport.

The team will be desperate to avoid a ban this summer, given they have 16 players leaving at the end of their contracts, and a team to rebuild after relegation to Ligue 2.

Les Scoistes’ fate in the league was sealed after losing to Rennes 4-2 away at the Roazhon park stadium, Rennes on the 30th of April, 2023.