The EFL have released a statement regarding their new sanctioning guidelines in relation to clubs in breach of FFP (Financial Fair Play) rules.
Stories emerged yesterday that the EFL had presented these new sanctioning guidelines to Championship clubs and according to the new guidelines, clubs in breach of the profitability and sustainability rules could receive a points deduction of up to 21 points.
While the EFL didn’t confirm the full nature of the new guidelines, they did confirm that points deductions could be given to clubs in breach of FFP rules and they also confirmed that they had presented the new guidelines to Championship clubs.
The statement read:
“The EFL today presented to Championship Clubs the sporting sanction its Board would be seeking against any Club found to be in breach of its Profitability and Sustainability rules.
“This included a points deduction with reductions available dependent on the level of the breach. Aggravating factors will also be taken into consideration, resulting in potential further punishment.
“Any final sanction will remain a matter for an Independent Disciplinary Commission to determine, who have a full range of penalties available to them.
“Clubs found to be in breach and referred to a Commission will be given the opportunity to put forward their case in mitigation.”
Alongside this story, it was also reported that Birmingham City could face a 15-point deduction as a result of the new sanctioning guidelines.
A six-point deduction would be received due to the club’s ‘aggregate breach’, which is said to be at £7 million, 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.