Bastia have confirmed that they have been further demoted to the third tier of French football after the DNCG found financial irregularities.
Bastia were relegated from Ligue 1 this season, finishing bottom of the division, and had been preparing to start the new campaign in Ligue 2.
However the DNCG, the organisation responsible for monitoring the financial accounts of professional football clubs in France, have recommended a further demotion for the club.
Bastia were the subject of an audit on their books on Thursday and the club have shared a statement from the regulation officers, which shows that the club have been sent down another division after failing to guarentee they had the finances to compete in Ligue 2.
The statement read: “Following it’s audit today before the DNCG, Sporting Club Bastia has been given notice of a provisional relegation.
“The delays obtained via appeal will allow the club to sell it’s players as best as it can and balance the books before the next audit.”
Bastia – who will now play in National 1 – have endured a torrid campaign with the side only relegated by three points.
The club recently lost an appeal over a forfeited match against Lyon in April, during which the match was suspended due to crowd trouble. The French Footbal Federation determined that Bastia fans were responsible and awarded the result to Lyon.
Had Bastia won that game they would have remained in Ligue 1 on goal difference.