Birmingham City could be facing sanctions from the EFL after breaching the Football League’s FFP (Financial Fair Play) rules.
According to the Times, the EFL are looking to bring in new sanctioning guidelines for clubs in breach of FFP and are believed to have presented them to Championship clubs today.
These new guidelines could see teams who breach the FFP rules, which look at limiting losses to £39 million over a three-year period, docked up to 21 points, with 12 of those being cited for ‘aggregate breach’, while another nine could be added for ‘aggravated breach’.
However, clubs could see sanctions reduced depending on the extent that they breach the rules.
If this story is to be believed, Blues could be facing a 15-point deduction from the EFL. The club’s aggregate breach is said to be at £7 million, which would see us receive a six-point deduction, while the other nine points would be added due to the club’s aggravated breach, caused by Blues pressing ahead with a £2 million deal to sign defender Kristian Pedersen from Union Berlin.
It was rumoured earlier in the month that Blues could have been facing a 12-point deduction, but that claim was denied by both Birmingham City and the EFL, although this now seems that it could be because the EFL had yet to present their new sanctioning guidelines to member clubs.
The final decision regarding Blues’ sanctions is believed to be coming from the independent disciplinary commission, who will decide the full extent of the club’s punishment.
Despite these claims, Birmingham City have told BirminghamLive that they are unaware of the possible changes to the situation and are continuing to work with the EFL regarding the implementation of a business plan.