It has been widely reported that Birmingham City have been hit with a deduction of 9 points, however it is yet to be confirmed by the EFL or club.
They have been found guilty of “breaching profitability and sustainability ” FFP rules over the last three seasons and initially were set to be hit with a 12 point deduction.
Before the points deduction, the Blues sat 13th in the Championship with 50 points, just 7 away from the playoffs.
However now it looks like they will be 18th with 41 points leaving them just five away above the relegation zone with eight games remaining.
— Birmingham City News (@BCFC_News) March 22, 2019
BirminghamLive understands that the points deduction will be the limit of Blues’ punishment, with no transfer embargo in place for the summer ahead and no fine.
Their run-in looks tense too as they face promotion contenders West Brom, Leeds and Sheffield United in their next three matches before then facing Ipswich, Rotherham, Wigan and then Reading on the final day of the season.
An EFL spokesman said: “The Profitability and Sustainability Rules, aligned with those in the Premier League, became effective in 2015/16. Season 2017/18 was the end of the first full reporting period with Birmingham City the only Club found to have breached those requirements, when it incurred adjusted losses of £48.787 million, £9.787 million in excess of the permitted losses.
“The Disciplinary Commission had the opportunity to consider all relevant factors in reaching its determination, including the Club’s mitigation.”
Football fans have since given their reaction to the nine points deduction for Birmingham with some Aston Villa fans laughing at what has happened – find out what they had to say on the next page.