The EFL has confirmed that Derby County has suffered a further nine-point deduction for violating the championship’s rules of profitability and sustainability.
The Rams already had 12 points to get into the administration, which means they now sit at minus three at the bottom of the table, 18 points from safety. Derby also risk losing three more points if they do not follow a budget set for them by the league as part of the agreed decision.
EFL’s CEO Trevor Birch explained the decision-making process on Tuesday morning.
“EFL’s goal throughout this ongoing process has been to ensure that the principles of the rules were upheld on behalf of all clubs,” he said.
“In order to assess the sporting sanction that was applicable to these violations, previous P&S cases have been carefully examined and guidance sought from them. EFL has also considered the P&S sanction guidelines as well as restrictions put forward by the club.
“Given the complex circumstances of the case and the various remaining regulatory issues between EFL and Derby County, the League is satisfied with the agreed outcome and the prudent approach that both parties have used in the negotiation of this outcome and with regard to the withdrawal of the appeal.
“Our focus is to continue working with the Joint Administrators to help them secure a long-term future for the club.”
One of Derby’s administrators, Carl Jackson, added: “This has been a difficult issue to navigate given the various issues.
“Although points deductions are never ideal for any club, it was crucial for the club’s future that all matters were concluded between EFL and the club in relation to historical issues. This conclusion allows us to continue with our club’s restructuring strategy with prospective stakeholders.”
Derby coach Wayne Rooney is now facing an almost impossible job to keep his side in the Championship this season.
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