Macclesfield have their points deduction reduced by the EFL over non-payment of wages and failing to fulfil their fixture with Crewe.
The Silkmen initially had six points taken from their total, however that has since been reduced to a four-point penalty after an appeal.
The EFL have said: “An independent arbitration panel has ruled on an appeal by Macclesfield Town and reduced the sanctions imposed by an independent Disciplinary Commission in late 2019 in respect of multiple charges made against the Club for non-payment of wages and non-fulfilment of fixtures.
“The panel considered the original verdict of a sporting sanction of 10 points, with four suspended for charges in respect of non-payment of players on applicable due dates and also the non-fulfilment of a fixture in relation to its match with Crewe Alexandra, originally scheduled to take place on 7 December 2019.
“The panel supported the principle of a sporting sanction for all charges, but the 10-point penalty has been revised to a seven-point deduction, with four of those points to be applied immediately and three to be suspended.
“The Club faces multiple further misconduct charges and these matters will be considered by an independent Disciplinary Commission in the near future.”
The League Two side said in a statement: “Macclesfield Town can confirm that an independent arbitration panel has reduced sanctions made on the club by an independent Disciplinary Commission in December 2019.
“After considering the original verdict which imposed a sporting sanction of ten points (with four suspended) on the club, the panel revised this to a seven-point deduction – four to be applied immediately, with three to be suspended.
“The League Two table has been amended with immediate effect and we would like to humbly thank the panel for their hard work in reaching this decision.
“We would also like to thank the EFL for their help, advice and transparency during this process.”
Macclesfield have consequently risen one place in the table above Morecambe to 22nd, with both clubs 10 points clear of Stevenage having played once more than the bottom team. Only one team is relegated to the National League due to Bury being expelled.
Fans gave their reaction as Macclesfield have their points deduction reduced…
But weve still got 2 more sanctions to come, probably 4 more points plus whatever we get on top of that, we could go down without a ball being kicked again. Fuck Amar
— Matt Vare (@Matt_Vare) March 17, 2020
I hope this was sarcasm pic.twitter.com/xC1wKW3DgF
— Alastair Pattrick (@AP_Macc) March 17, 2020
Come on then EFL, instead of sticking the boot in, what exactly are you doing to help clubs and have a better run league rather than dancing on their graves?
— Charles Cresswell (@cresswellhibbe1) March 17, 2020
— Balders (@Baldockboro) March 17, 2020
Fuck the EFL
— Pricey (@PriceySWFC) March 17, 2020
@drfc_official ain’t gonna like this!!!
— mark (@bwfcmark7) March 17, 2020
When is the next case?
— Simon Tunstall (@tunny2311) March 17, 2020
You’ve mugged them right off there !!! ??
— Boycie (@ivanLUFC) March 17, 2020