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Several League One clubs ‘considering legal action’ against EFL over Bolton saga

League One clubs are reported to be ‘considering legal action’ against the EFL over the Bolton Wanderers saga.

The Athletic have made the claim that a number of clubs aren’t pleased with the punishments the Trotters have received so far for allegedly registering players late for a game at the start of the season along with a ‘lenient’ sanction for postponing their game against Doncaster for concern of the young players’ welfare.

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Bolton started the 2019/20 campaign on minus 12 points, the standard penalty for teams who go into administration, and have denied any wrongdoing over the registration of players.

Football Ventures (Whites) Limited saved them from going under, their form improved and they were able to bring in the desperate new signings, they still sit bottom of the League One table, but are finally on positive points.

For Bolton’s unfulfilled fixtures against Doncaster this season and Brentford last, they were charged by the EFL, who appealed over an independent panel’s suspended five point penalty – over concerns it was too lenient.

The Athletic report: “The result of that appeal is still being awaited but several sources have told The Athletic that some League One clubs are considering legal action against the EFL if Bolton are not docked more points.

“Macclesfield in League Two were docked six points on Thursday for failing to fulfil a fixture against Crewe and the late payment of players.

“It is understood the clubs are also annoyed because they believe Bolton were allowed to register players for their first game of the season against Wycombe after the usual deadline of noon the day before.”

All EFL clubs can sign players unattached or free agents, before and after transfer windows.

It is yet to be revealed which League One clubs are reported to be considering legal action against the Football League but reports suggest it’s ‘several’.


After Macclesfield were handed a points deduction after pleading guilty to numerous EFL charges, fans took to voice their anger for Bolton not getting any more added on to their 12 – see those tweets on the next page.


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