Championship chief Paul Conway threatens to sue the EFL if three clubs aren’t deducted points this season because of FFP.
The Barnsley co-owner suggests to the Athletic that his club will take legal action if the EFL chose to enforce the punishment next season instead.
The Tykes are believed to be ‘one of several clubs’ keeping a close eye on how the situation of Sheffield Wednesday, Derby County and Birmingham City.
Barnsley are currently bottom of the Championship and seven points from safety.
Their argument is that could change if an independent panel decides to deduct points from the Owls, Rams or Blues.
The EFL have charged Derby and Sheffield Wednesday for allegedly breaching Profitability & Sustainability regulations – with the cases set to be heard later this year. Both clubs deny the allegations.
Birmingham City had initially been cleared for failing to implement an agreed business plan – however the league decided to appeal that decision.
Conway told The Athletic: “People seem to think little old Barnsley will follow the rules and not make a fuss.
“If we’ve been wronged as a result of the league not following its own rules, then in stands to reason that we’d go against the league and its TV money and ask them to pay us the difference in revenue.
“We think that’s fair and we hope it will benefit other clubs who follow the rules and try to develop young talent.
“I’m an American and in American sports, we self-regulate – if someone breaks the rules they are cheating the rest of us and we take action.
“Relegation to League One cost us about £7million in revenue. If something like that happens again, we’ll make a claim and we think we’ll have a strong case. We’re not asking for a change in the rules, we’re asking for the rules to be followed.”
Fans reacted after finding out that one Championship chief threatens to sue EFL if three clubs aren’t deducted points…
Get those dee dars down!
— Rod (@lufcrumham) May 20, 2020
It’s ridiculous how long these issues are taken to resolve.
— John McGlashan (@john959379) May 20, 2020
It’ll probably cost more to sue than what would have been prudent to invest in the team in January.
— Cheesy_ Beans 🧀 © (@_ChrisRees_) May 20, 2020
Not sure how this will play out for us, but the amount of time it it’s taking to conclude is ridiculous. Clubs have no idea what’s going on! Get on with it ffs
— Shane Levitt (@ShaneLevitt11) May 20, 2020
-21 points incoming
— Andy Dent (@Thedentsmaster) May 20, 2020
Incoming hull owner agreeing
— lufcyorkshire (@daveorrodney) May 20, 2020
— Matt Chance (@_chancey_) May 20, 2020
Rightly so .
— Paps (@coophos) May 20, 2020
He’s absolutely right with this. It’s an absolute farce that the rules get broken all the time but clubs regularly get away with little or no action
— Dingle 🔴⚪️ (@amaredasaid) May 20, 2020
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He’s got a point tbf
— Richard Booth (@RichardBooth10) May 20, 2020