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Likelihood of Derby County points deduction appeal clarified

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There has been no suggestion that Derby County will appeal their impending 12-point deduction after filing for administration, according to journalist Alan Nixon

The last 18 months or so have been very difficult for the Pride Park outfit but they reached surely their lowest point in that period on Friday when it was announced in a statement that they would be filing for administration.

The EFL confirmed that the decision would see the Rams deducted 12 points – a punishment that looks set to make life very difficult for Wayne Rooney and his squad as they look to avoid relegation to League One this term.

This is not the first time that the East Midlands club has been disciplined by the league in recent years but it seems in this instance, they’re not set to dispute it.

Nixon has reported that there has been no suggestion that Derby will look to appeal the impending 12-point penalty after filing for administration.

On the pitch, Rooney’s side responded on Saturday and produced a performance that the Rams fanbase can be proud of as they beat promotion hopefuls Stoke City 2-1 at Pride Park.

That result moved Derby to 12th in the Championship with 10 points from eight games but the impending points deduction will see them drop below rivals Nottingham Forest to the bottom of the table.

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The Verdict 

This is no huge surprise but there may well have been some parts of the Rams fanbase hoping that an appeal could save them this time around.

With no sign of such an appeal being launched, it seems the club has come to terms with the impending punishment.

What has happened at Derby is a sad state of affairs but as we saw on Saturday, they have a team they can be proud of and Rooney’s side will no doubt keep fighting despite the deduction.

The punishment looks set to leave them bottom of the table on -2 points, meaning they’ll be nine points back from safety.

That is not an unassailable gap to breach given how long is left of the season but it would be a somewhat miraculous recovery, particularly given the depth of their squad.


London-based sports journalist at Snack Media EFL accredited, graduate of New Associates and the University of Brighton

ScoopDragon Football News Network

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