The EFL has confirmed that Derby County have been hit with a further nine-point deduction for breaching the Championship’s Profitability and Sustainability rules.
The Rams were already docked 12 points for entering administration, meaning they now sit on minus three at the bottom of the table, 18 points from safety. Derby face losing a further three points too if they do not comply with a budget set for them by the league as part of the Agreed Decision.
EFL Chief Executive Trevor Birch, explained the decision making process on Tuesday morning.
“The EFL’s objective throughout this ongoing process has been to ensure that the principles of the Regulations were upheld on behalf of all Clubs,” he said.
“In order to assess the sporting sanction that was applicable to apply to these breaches, previous P&S cases have been carefully reviewed and guidance taken from them. The EFL has also considered the P&S sanction guidelines as well as mitigation put forward by the Club.
“Given the complex circumstances of the case and the various outstanding regulatory issues between the EFL and Derby County, the League is satisfied at the agreed outcome and the sensible approach taken by both parties in negotiating this outcome and in respect of the appeal withdrawal.
“Our focus is to continue to work with the Joint Administrators to assist them in securing a long-term future for the Club.”
One of Derby’s administrators, Carl Jackson, added: “This has been a difficult matter to navigate bearing in mind the various issues concerned.
“Whilst point deductions are never ideal for any Club, it was critical to the Club’s future that all matters were concluded between the EFL and the Club in relation to historical issues. This conclusion allows us to proceed with our restructuring strategy for the Club with prospective interested parties.”
Derby manager Wayne Rooney now faces a near-impossible job to keep his side in the Championship this season.
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