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‘Five to eight’ Championship clubs could start 2020-21 season with points deduction

‘Five to eight’ Championship clubs could start 2020-21 season with a points deduction due to Financial Fair Play breaches.

The current reporting period for Championship clubs’ profit and sustainability is due to end on June 30 with clubs needing to prove they have not lost more than £39million over the last three seasons.

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The Daily Mail suggest that between five to eight clubs are likely to breach the regulations, but were planning to sell players when the transfer window opened at the beginning of June to make sure they complied with the rules as well as expecting windfalls in terms of revenue and prize money which may well fall short.

The coronavirus pandemic is likely to mean the transfer window will be pushed back, meaning a number of clubs could be at risk of starting next season with minus points.

The financial reporting window is likely to be put back but there is increasing uncertainty around the transfer window, and that when it does open, club will struggle to find buyers for players at prices they are wanting with many teams suffering lost revenue because of the pandemic.

Clubs could ask for the rules to be relaxed due to the circumstances but there could be opposition from clubs who have done all they can to stay within the rules.

One chief executive told the Daily Mail: “There is a feeling there are some who have overspent and are now looking to wriggle out of P&S.

“If they have broken the rules, they should be punished.”

Meanwhile, the EFL have set a comeback date of June the 6th with a working plan suggesting competitive games are to take place behind closed doors.

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