Wycombe Wanderers make a clear stance, choosing to comment on the EFL’s legal battle with Derby County as reported earlier this week.
The EFL already confirm that they have won an appeal against a Financial Fair Play ruling relating to the Rams, it was announced on Tuesday.
The Rams were charged in January 2020 but in August an independent disciplinary commission cleared the Rams of any wrongdoing.
The following month, September 2020, the EFL announced it would appeal the dismissal of a second charge specific to the club’s policy on “amortisation of intangible assets” – how the Rams measured the value of players over the length of a contract.
Now it’s just a matter of time for Derby to discover their sanction, if any, are handed down to them. Sanctions can range from a slap on the wrist, a fine, a transfer embargo or a points’ deduction – which could come in next season.
“We respect the process and are not contemplating legal action at this time, contrary to media speculation.”
The club have issued a comment on the situation regarding Derby County.
— Wycombe Wanderers (@wwfcofficial) May 12, 2021
Wycombe Wanderers acknowledge the situation in relation to potential sanctions being issued to Derby County, which may have ramifications which affect the Chairboys if a decision is taken to deduct points from Derby in the 2020/21 season.
The club absolutely respects the sensitivity of the legal processes involved. However, we feel we owe it to our supporters not to remain silent in the midst of media speculation.
What we know at this stage is that the EFL has won its appeal against Derby County for breaching Financial Fair Play rules through the club’s accounting policies, and await details of the sanction. This news came to light last week, and the club knew that a victory at Middlesbrough could – and ultimately did – enable Wycombe Wanderers to finish 22nd in the Championship table, one place below Derby. We applaud the outstanding efforts of the staff and team during their 3-0 victory.
To finish on 43 points, and above two other teams, is a creditable achievement given the relative tight financial restraints that the club has operated under during the 2020/21 season. We have gone into battle with teams assembled for nine-figure sums, and often fallen narrowly short.
Wycombe Wanderers will always continue to compete to its maximum potential, on and off the pitch, by playing within the rules. We expect our opponents to do the same.
The club trusts that the correct decision will be reached by the independent commission which has been appointed to judge Derby County’s case. We respect the process and are not contemplating legal action at this time, contrary to media speculation.
In the meantime, we continue to plan for next season – one which we believe will be one of the most exciting in recent history, as we welcome fans back to Adams Park for a new and improved matchday experience in many ways.
We are thrilled with the early uptake of season tickets, which stands at close to 2,000, just days after going to general sale.
The club thanks its supporters for their unwavering support, and also a huge number of fans and representatives of other clubs who have sent their best wishes and expressed admiration for the club’s endeavours throughout the season.
Fans reacted as Wycombe comment on EFL’s legal battle with Derby County…
@mattbarnish: Just when you think this club is brilliant they they come out and amaze you further. As a derby county fan I hope our next owners take inspiration from Wycombe who have been extraordinary throughout. I hope to see you gain automatic promotion back to the championship next season
@AmbroseBarnaby: Derby weren’t the ones to delay the case anyway, Middlesbrough and the EFL both are responsible for delaying the case by at least 5 months.
@wycombefan1994: Fully agree with the decision. We will be back in the championship soon enough anyway. We have a very exciting team and season ahead of us COYB ⚽️💙⚽️💙⚽️
@shifnalram: Classy as always Wycombe 👏 good luck for the future to the club and fans
@1884_mr: Good luck Wycombe all the best in League One. I hope you smash the league. Much love from Derby x
@Lewis_Howkins: Well done Wycombe! Been such a classy club with classy manager all season (which is the complete opposite to what we’ve served up..) hope you get back next year 👌
@ChrisCooper_22: We are brilliant aren’t we?
@xDronee: Classy, unlike our club 🙁 Best of luck for next season
@TheOssieEnd: #dcfc are most likely facing a fine, not points deduction, after a panel with no accountant found they had bent an accounting rule. Not a penny in cash was affected. Good luck in the future, #wwfc #chairboys
@CalumDMoore: Hopefully derby don’t get a points deduction as it would be unfair on the fans
@WycombeComanche: A lot of people seem to think this means we wont take legal action. It doesn’t say that. We wouldn’t be contemplating legal action now anyway- not until a punishment has been decided. Until then there is nothing to take legal action against.
@wyc_sc: The right thing to do. Let the EFL deal with, points deduction or not
@RussWWFC: Just wait and see, I guess. I find it baffling that Derby could overspend on that bunch of misfits, an absolute insult to the great Derby County sides of the past.
@fans_county: As a Derby fan I was elated we managed to stay up. But if we did or still do relegated. It would at least be a silver lining, that it would save Wycombe from relegation. Cracking club. That did absolutely amazing. Fought right til the end. Good luck next season. Which ever league
@manx_ram: Brilliant from Wycombe and further embarrassment to the EFL who are a shit show.
@senornunes: Dignified from Wycombe, no legal action at this time, let due process take its course. You have to wonder had the roles been reversed, if Derby and others might not have been straight to the courts. This must now be decided as soon as possible.
@TomMarsland: Classy statement whilst being clear in what they expect
@rooneysrams: Now say it without crying.
@TerraceTalk4: Love a good statement, love the clarity, love the pride in the team, love it all!
@17Dan17: So EFL revealed the outcome of our appeal the day before the final game of the season. Rotherham, Wednesday and Wycombe knew if we survived, whoever finished 3rd from bottom could stay up due to a PD. Wycombe beat Boro, and their bitch of a chairman, 3-0 and claimed that spot.
@Reecedcfc: Well done 👏
— Joe Ward (@Wxrdyy16) May 12, 2021