Birmingham City have been given a bit of a distraction in the current pause of the season, but it will likely not be a welcome one as allegations continue to be made over their finances.
The Blues look set to finish this season comfortably in mid-table and will be pleased with the likes of Jude Bellingham Jeremie Bela proving hits at the club.
Certainly, there is potential at St Andrew’s at the moment but, off of the pitch, concern remains.
After being cleared initially of claims that they’d not adhered to parts of a business plan agreed with the EFL, the governing body has now decided to appeal that ruling.
The Blues, then, might well not be in the clear just yet, and they’ve released this statement concerning the developments:
📝 The EFL has notified the Club of its intention to appeal the decision of the Independent Disciplinary Commission in March 2020.
The Club’s position has not changed and we will now turn to defending the appeal.
— Birmingham City FC (@BCFC) April 8, 2020
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The focus now, then, is to defend against the EFL’s appeal and the Blues will look to use the original ruling as evidence of no wrong-doing.
It’s a rather fraught situation and with everything else going on at the moment the timing is far from ideal.
However, the Blues will feel as though they have a case on which to exonerate themselves and it remains to be seen if they can.