EFL have confirmed that Birmingham City will be docked nine points with immediate effect, following a breach of Financial Fair Play regulations.
The decision leaves Gary Monk’s side eighteenth in the Championship table, five points clear of the relegation with eight games of the season remaining.
Following reports on Friday morning that the club were set to be docked nine points following an investigation into their finances over the past three seasons, the EFL confirmed the news in a statement on their official website, which said: “An independent Disciplinary Commission, appointed under EFL Regulations, has today ruled that Birmingham City will be deducted nine points as a result of a breach of the League’s Profitability and Sustainability Rules (Rules).
“It follows a review of the financial submission from Birmingham City for the three-year period 2015/16 to 2017/18 where it was determined the Club had recorded losses in excess of the £39.0m upper loss threshold.”
Elaborating on the decision taken, an EFL spokesperson added: “The Profitability and Sustainability Rules, aligned with those in the Premier League, became effective in 2015/16. Season 2017/18 was the end of the first full reporting period with Birmingham City the only Club found to have breached those requirements, when it incurred adjusted losses of £48.787 million, £9.787 million in excess of the permitted losses.
“The Disciplinary Commission had the opportunity to consider all relevant factors in reaching its determination, including the Club’s mitigation.”
The points deduction is to take immediate effect, with Birmingham having fourteen days in which to appeal the decision should they wish to do so.
This confirmation is something Birmingham fans have been waiting for all day, not that that will make any difference to Blues fans.
Five points clear of the relegation zone with eight games to go should see them safe, but with a run in that sees them face four of the six sides below them, and four sides still competing for the play-offs things could still get problematic for Gary Monk’s side.
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