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Sheffield Wednesday given big points deduction

Sheffield Wednesday have been given a big points deduction, however the amount could have been much worse for the Championship side.

Sheffield Wednesday finished eights point above the relegation zone this season, but with that campaign over with, that deduction in implemented for next season instead.

The club were found guilty of financial misconduct following an investigation by the English Football League, with the worst came scenario being a 21 points deduction, though on this occasion, it’s 12 points.

EFL‘s statement read: An independent Disciplinary Commission, appointed under EFL Regulations, has ruled that Sheffield Wednesday will receive a 12 point deduction for breaching the League’s Profitability and Sustainability Rules for the three season reporting period ending with Season 2017/18.

The sporting sanction will take effect in season 2020/21.

The Club was charged in November 2019 and referred to an independent Disciplinary Commission, which conducted a full hearing at the end of June 2020, before finding the Club guilty based on the fact that the Club should not have included profits from the sale of Hillsborough Stadium in the Club’s financial statements for the period ending July 2018.

The Club was found not guilty of a further charge of breaching its duty of utmost good faith to the EFL by deliberately concealing information from the League in respect of filings made in respect of the Profitability and Sustainability Rules.

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Sheffield Wednesday said in a statement via their website: Sheffield Wednesday acknowledges the decision of the independent disciplinary commission announced today.

The club is extremely disappointed that the commission has imposed a 12-point deduction to be applied next season and awaits the written reasons for this decision.

The club welcomes the decision that the commission cleared Sheffield Wednesday of the charge of acting in bad faith in its dealings with the EFL.

Further, the commission decided not to apply a 12-point deduction this season, thereby imposing relegation.

The club will await the written reasons for the sanction and upon receipt will digest and consider the full detail with its legal advisers before making any further comment.

Key points:

– 12 points applied to 2020/21 season.

– Club found not guilty of an aggraved breach which would’ve seen a deduction of 21 points.

– Club have 14 days to appeal and will await written reasoning.

– Found guilty due to the date of Hillsborough sale.

A huge number of supporters on social media thought that the EFL have ‘bottled it again and allowed a big club to avoid proper punishment’.

Many also felt angry that the points deduction wasn’t applied to the 2019/20 Championship league table.

Had the Owls received it for the campaign just gone, they would have fell from 16th and 56 points down to the bottom of the standings with 44 points, one behind Hull, and Charlton would have got a reprieve.

This is the second time manager Garry Monk has been with a club that has had a points deduction during his reign.

In March 2019, his Birmingham City side were deducted nine points by the English Football League for breaching profitability and sustainability rules.

Following the sanction, Blues drop from 13th to 18th in the Championship, five points above the relegation zone with eight games to play.

The EFL said Blues incurred losses of nearly £48.8m between 2015 and 2018.

“Decisions by the owners and the board of directors were taken with the club’s best interests at heart and a determination to halt a cycle of decline and stagnation, with the intention of pushing on to fulfil ours and our fans’ ambitions,” a club statement said.

“This season we have taken significant strides forward on and off the pitch and the owners’ commitment and intention to drive continued improvement of the club’s fortunes will not diminish.

“Under manager Garry Monk, we have a very tight-knit squad of players who have performed with a sense of belonging, pride and passion. We have no doubt that will continue right to the season’s end.”

There was plenty of fan reaction as Sheffield Wednesday were given a big points deduction…

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