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Derby County set for another points deduction as appeal ‘to fall on deaf ears’

Derby County are set for another points deduction as an appeal looks set ‘to fall on deaf ears’ according reports overnight.

The Rams’ appeal against a 12-point deduction is unlikely to be successful but a further punishment is expected to be more lenient than first thought.

The Championship outfit entered administration in September and were immediately hit with the 12-point handicap that comes as standard with such a move.

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However there was concern that another 12-point docking could have followed, for a separate breach of the EFL’s financial regulations.

That would have taken the form of an initial nine-point handicap with a suspended three-point deduction. However, the Athletic now claim that the club are “increasingly confident” that the extra punishment will be capped at just three points.

This does little to help Wayne Rooney’s side in the short-term, with the club currently bottom of the table with six points and a further three-point deduction would mean they are 12 points adrift of safety.

The report goes on to say that the EFL are likely to inform Derby’s administrators of their verdict by the end of this month, maybe even next week during the international break.

Meanwhile in the background at Pride Park is the ongoing desire to find new owners with American businessman Chris Kirchner the current front-runner and has visited the club several times, speaking to Rooney.

This week it emerged that former Rangers shareholders Sandy and James Easdale are heading a consortium who are also interested in buying the East Midlands club.

Speaking about communications with Kirchner, Rooney recently told the BBC: “He was at a game last week. I spent a bit of time with him. He’s got some really good ideas.

“He is a very good businessman and I am sure he wouldn’t be putting his name to a public statement (letter) if he didn’t mean what he is trying to do at the club.”

The administrators will be keen for a deal to be concluded prior to the January transfer window, so that the club can strengthen the squad and attempt to put up a decent fight against relegation in the face of such a big handicap.

On the pitch, Derby earned a battling point at Millwall on Saturday but it extended their winless run to seven games.

Festy Ebosele’s opener was cancelled out by a goal from former Derby player Scott Malone. The Rams’ Nathan Byrne was dismissed in the second half but Derby held on for a hard-earned point.

However, the match was overshadowed following full time when Derby announced that one of their players was subjected to alleged discriminatory abuse.

The incident was formally reported at the end of the match with Derby releasing a statement saying the unnamed player would receive “the club’s full support”.

Millwall also had their say in that they were working with the Metropolitan Police to identify the fan involved.

They said: “Any individual found guilty of discriminatory abuse at The Den is issued with an immediate lifetime ban.”

Fans have reacted after hearing that Derby County are set for another points deduction as their appeal is set ‘to fall on deaf ears’…

@MaffRoyal: How the hell could Derby get 3 for ffp when they’re talking 9+3 for Reading? Absolute farce.

@markgrichardson: It could be for numerous reasons. The fact maybe we have only failed by a small amount, could also be the fact that we have only failed due to having to chance the way we did our books that was initially approved so plans were made to those books. Remember we were found not guilty on a number of the EFL charges when it came to our accounting. Plus it was over a lot of years that it was all signed off without any issues being raised.

@storm16540959: Reading went over FFP by 60 million so if Derby went over by 3 million obviously they shouldn’t get same points as Reading!

@OllyURZ: @EFL you ever going to run the league correctly and not pull decisions out of a hat? This is a joke #fucktheEFL

@LordCKS: Is this a joke? EFL so corrupt.

@ramswriter: Need to start picking up some wins asap #dcfc #dcfcfans

@totaldcfc: If the remaining point deduction is *only* 3 then there’s a chance, albeit very slim, that we may stay up.

@DeanBennett1993: How can Derby get just 3 for ffp when #readingfc are getting 9+3? Corrupt

@DcfcFansTalk: Wow. All these points dropped could cost us big time. Real chance to stay up

@b0ringgi3lby: if we only get three more points deducted and manage to string a good run of form together (and get a new owner before january and some players in) I can genuinely see us staying up

@hudsonjames1981: If the extra deduction was limited to 3 points that would feel like Christmas come early is that hope remotely realistic?

@brianmiller216: We need to start playing promotion form and winning games. Or we’re going down and it won’t matter how many points we are deducted

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