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The Direction Nationale du Contrôle de Gestion
(DNCG) (English: National Directorate of Management Control
) is the organization responsible for monitoring and overseeing the accounts of professional association football clubs in France
The French Republic , The French Republic , The French Republic , (commonly known as France , is a unitary semi-presidential republic in Western Europe with several overseas territories and islands located on other continents and in the Indian, Pacific, and Atlantic oceans. Metropolitan France...
. It was founded in 1984 and is an administrative directorate of the Ligue de Football Professionnel
The Ligue de Football Professionnel , commonly known as the LFP, is a French governing body that runs the major professional football leagues in France. It was founded in 1944 and serves under the authority of the French Football Federation...
(LFP). The current president of the DNCG is Richard Olivier. In December 2007, French State Secretary for Sports, Bernard Laporte
Bernard Laporte is a rugby union coach and former French Secretary of State for Sport. He is currently the head coach at Toulon, having taken over in 2011 from Philippe Saint-André, who had been named the new head coach of the France national team. Laporte himself is a former head coach of France,...
, claimed that the DNCG should be a Europe-wide body to create equality throughout the continent. However, the idea was later dismissed as being too complicated to implement.
Along with the LFP, the DNCG has a public mission of service. The mission of the DNCG is to oversee all financial operations of the 44 member clubs of the LFP (as well as those professional clubs recently relegated to the Championnat National
The Championnat de France National, commonly referred to as simply National or Division 3, serves as the third division of the French football league system behind Ligue 1 and Ligue 2...
), develop the resources of professional clubs, apply sanctions to those clubs breaking the rules of operation and to defend the morals and interests of French football in general.
At the end of each football season, the DNCG reviews the accounts of all the teams in the top five divisions in France. Clubs found to be in breach of rules can have a number of punishments enforced upon them including transfer embargoes or limiting the number of first-team players. More serious sanctions include demotion to a lower league or even complete expulsion from the French league system. The DNCG also has the power to change the number of teams in competitions depending on circumstances.