After just 20 seconds into the game, the home supporters could be heard chanting “Fuck the EFL” before also “Mel Morris, he does what he wants” before fans in the South Stand called on the owner to give them a wave, which he happily did.
— Rampant rams (@RampantRams) January 18, 2020
These are uncertain times for Derby whether the fans like it or not with the club along with Sheffield Wednesday expecting to receive a points deduction like Birmingham City did last season.
Manager Phillip Cocu said: “It confirms the connection between the fans, the club and the team and shows it is very positive and we stand with each other and protect each other. We don’t like it when somebody touches the club in this way.”
It comes just days after the Rams were charged with breaching the EFL’s profit and sustainability rules.
They were found out to have been charged by the league organisation for recording “excess losses”, following a review of their P & S submissions.
The charge relates to losses in the three years up to June 2018, even though they sold their stadium to owner Mel Morris for £80m, which saw a pre-tax profit of £14.6m in their latest accounts.
Spending rules allow Championship clubs to lose £39m over a three-year period.
Just 24 hours later, Derby hit back at the league.
The statement read: “The club will strongly contest the challenge to the valuation of Pride Park stadium, as well as the newly notified charge in respect of intangible fixed asset amortisation,” the club said in a statement of their own.
“As a matter of law, the EFL is not entitled to bring either of the charges, having previously agreed to all of the arrangements surrounding the stadium sale and never having raised the issue of player amortisation before.
“The Club shall argue that the very bringing of the Charges itself is unlawful.
“At all times, the Club has acted transparently with the EFL in its submissions for both FFP/P&S and, in respect of the charges above, had received written approval for all of its submissions in respect of this legislation.
“No allegation has been raised to the contrary by the EFL. Rather, the EFL now claims that it made a “mistake.”
Derby’s only goal of the game came in the 65th minute from Matt Clarke to help take them to 15th in the Championship table and away from the relegation zone. Hull sit 12th.
why are derby chanting fuck the efl when they literally broke the rules. 😂😂
— Will (@HCAFCWill) January 19, 2020
The #dcfcfans singing “f*ck the EFL” and that PP is “probably worth 80 million…” 👌👏 ^nm
— Derby County (@derbycounty) January 18, 2020
Great win today and another three points on the board. Fuck the EFL #dcfc
— Tommy Evans (@derby1884) January 18, 2020
When the @EFL threaten your club and you go out and get 3 points it feels good. But @LUFC getting a pin hole in the bubble just about tops it all. It's happening again lads.. #derby #dcfc #rams #fucktheefl #fallingapartagainleeds #illloveit
— MR T (@andytolley16) January 18, 2020
— Marco Ragg (@MarcoRagg12) January 18, 2020
Mel's too classy to say that 😉
— Mick McGovern (@mickmcgovern191) January 19, 2020
Pride Park Stadium
Probably worth 80 million
Mel Morris is fucking brilliant
Fuck the EFL … 🎶
— EmJay ✌️ (@EmmaKinsey7) January 18, 2020
— Jake Barker (@JakeBarker1212) January 19, 2020
— garry moore (@garrymoore2) January 18, 2020
— Buntssss (@bunts_sam) January 18, 2020
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