Derby County still face a potential points deduction if the EFL are successful in their appeal against the verdict of an independent panel.
That’s according to the Daily Mail, after the Rams were charged of breaching spending rules on the ‘amortisation of intangible assets’ while their sale of Pride Park also caused complaints to the EFL.
Derby were ultimately cleared of any wrongdoing, however should the EFL win their appeal, it will cast a huge amount of concern for the East Midlands outfit.
But the EFL have since appealed the decision, with Telegraph reporter John Percy claiming last week how the latest legal battle was to proceed before an independent panel.
The Mail Online’s Tom Collomosse states that the club are very much in danger if “the EFL win their appeal against the verdict of an independent panel, which had investigated the way Derby measured the value of their players.”
Widely respected journalist John Percy wrote: “Latest legal bout between #dcfc and the EFL starts tomorrow (virtually) before an independent disciplinary commission. EFL has appealed after Derby were cleared of breaching spending rules on the “amortisation of intangible assets”. Derby to “vigorously resist” the appeal.”
Derby County News wrote: “Plenty of questions have been asked of what could happen if Derby are found guilty.
“While a fine is the most plausible outcome, the Daily Mail claim there is still the possibility of a points deduction with Derby vowing to rigorously resist the EFL appeal.
“The Rams currently sit just five points above the Championship drop zone.
“It felt Derby had pulled well clear of the bottom three following a run of five wins in six games at the beginning of last month, but a winless run of seven has dragged them back in.
“The injury to Krystian Bielik has played a major role in Derby’s decline of late.
“Any points deduction this season would put Rooney’s side in real danger of relegation to League One unless they can rediscover their top form.
“With home games against Luton Town, Birmingham City and Sheffield Wednesday to come, Derby’s Championship status is certainly still in their hands.
“Going forward, the failed takeover from BZI could put the club in a difficult financial position this summer while Rooney will surely be looking to improve Derby’s fragile squad.”
Wayne Rooney insists he is at the Rams for the long haul after the troubled Championship club scrapped takeover talks this week.
‘I am here for the long term,’ said England’s record goalscorer. ‘I am not here to mess around or because an ownership deal does or doesn’t go through. In my time here I hope we can get the club to the Premier League.
‘I take the job very seriously and I’m grateful for Derby putting their trust in me. I am confident my way of managing will help the club so I am here to manage the club for a long time.
‘It wasn’t a short-term fix or dependent on a takeover. I signed a two-and-a-half-year deal and that’s what I’m looking forward to doing.’
Rooney revealed he had held talks with the club hierarchy since those takeover talks fell through, though they are now in discussions with at least one other party.
He added: ‘It is important for me to know these things but questions about the takeover are for Mel Morris directly.
‘I’m aware of exactly what the situation is with the club but these are questions which I’m sure, at the right time, Mr Morris will keep you fully informed on.’
Fans reacted after seeing that Derby County still face a potential points deduction…
@K______lo: Any danger of a points deduction before the end of this season?
@NerjaRam: It was all originally signed off when the EFL lost in their 1st attack… The EFL will do what they can to try and destroy any club they don’t like…… Maybe DCFC got away in a clever way but that’s the EFL’s issue…. They will want their pound of flesh somehow
@callumdcfc1: Problem being that EFL have almost forgot their role as an independent governing body. Their role isn’t to chase a vendetta- staggers me still that they can appeal an independent panel
@stutaylor2020: Even though some sort of deduction would help my team I just can’t stand the way the efl do things…the money they’re using for this farce could help teams struggling to avoid Bury type situations or improve standards of refereeing #PUSB
@WrightStuff86: How has it taken so long to hear this? If the EFL consulted one competent accountimg expert for this case, they would realise that not only is Derby’s approach compliant with UK accounting standards, but it is in fact a more appropriate reflection of the consumption of the asset
@Sue66853943: Haven’t the EFL wasted enough money chasing a lost course….use the money helping clubs that’s going under in the pandemic
@RichWest74: Derby points deduction could add lowest champ. Points total to lowest prem total award
@Chrissyh2711: We totally need a Netflix series or something 😅 🤦🏻♂️
@kevinjlowe: All #dcfc need to do is tell the EFL that if they deduct them points it would mean #bcfc have a better chance of staying up. Decision within 2 minutes from the EFL
@SeanFuery: We are staying up, say we are staying up….
@jellis90: A perfectly legal (albeit now detrimental) amortisation policy that was even approved by the EFL before implementation. Hmmm I wonder how this one will pan out 🤔🥴 EFL are not fit for purpose, I hope league members take action against them, after Derby win this case of course.
@corybryan94: Oh here we go they’ll dock us points and send us down. Its written in the stars!!
@TridentRAM: I would not be suprised getting a 6 point deduction. The Derby Way. #dcfcfans
@JimmyDCFC: Fuck the EFL.
@AnalyticsDerby: I think Derby will win this appeal. If they lose, I suspect they will be fined only and not deducted points. However if the EFL win it could mean previous years accounts need to be restated, which could lead to a breach of FFP and a points deduction after all.
@robertswjake: Can’t they just leave us alone?
@domlikesrabbits: Even if they’re found guilty, I’d be utterly amazed if Wayne Rooney’s Derby County are treated the same as Wigan or Sheffield Wednesday never mind issued with a similar penalty.
@totaldcfc: Watch them deduct points before the run in
@jakeadkinsport: Points off points off points off #nffc #dcfc
@AlexBradbury274: Get them points deducted
@LeMod18751: I’ll teck a 10 point deduction please pal