Reading are set to be the second Championship club this season to be hit with a points deduction due to a breach of the EFL’s financial rules, according to John Percy of The Telegraph.
The Royals have been under a transfer embargo all summer due to the breaches but were allowed to sign players within a certain wage cap, which meant they could bring in the likes of Danny Drinkwater and Baba Rahman on loan and the permanent additions of Scott Dann and Alen Halilovic.
However their punishment, like Derby County’s for their breaking of the regulations, is set to be a firm one, with Percy reporting that the deduction could be between six and nine points.
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Veljko Paunovic’s side have currently amassed 10 points and a deduction wouldn’t necessarily see them consigned to a relegation battle all season but it would be a real blow after an upturn in form.
The club breached the three-year loss rule – which doesn’t allow clubs to post a loss of over £39 million in a 36 month time period – considerably after posting a pre-tax loss of £93 million for the last three years in the most recent accounts.
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Understandably concerned Reading fans have been reacting to the latest development on social media.
— Jacob Potter (@pott95) September 21, 2021
— Andy Povey (@andypovey) September 21, 2021
— Ben (@bjturrner) September 21, 2021
that’s us down then i reckon
— djng 💙 (@RFCJAAY) September 21, 2021
still getting promoted
— . (@paxmerry) September 21, 2021
That just ruins everything. https://t.co/BfSCBLuzhq
— DINGGGG (@LAUR3N1Dingg) September 21, 2021
No no no no no no no no no no no no no https://t.co/wVqEVnI6c6
— Harry (@hk3mp) September 21, 2021
So there it is… the beginning of the end #ReadingFC
— 🐺 (@BigBadWolfRFC) September 21, 2021
— CM (@ronniemac93) September 21, 2021