Sheffield Wednesday owner Dejphon Chansiri is facing a ban from football according to a recent report from The Daily Telegraph.
The report revealed that Chansiri, finance director John Redgate and Wednesday’s former chief executive, Katrien Meire have all been charged by the EFL, with a further hearing in the future.
The charges in question relate to the sale of Hillsborough to Chansiri, after breaking EFL financial rules earlier this year.
Chansiri agreed the sale of the stadium two years into his tenure at Hillsborough to help record a pre-tax profit of £2.5 million in the 2017-18 accounts.
But it was revealed by Land Registry documents that the sale of the stadium was actually completed the following year, which resulted in the EFL charging the club with misconduct.
It’s a far from ideal scenario for Sheffield Wednesday’s chairman to be in, and the timing of it couldn’t have come at a worse time.
The Owls are currently sat ninth in the Championship table, and are just two points adrift of the play-off places heading into the potentially season-defining festive period.
There had previously been talk of a potential points deduction, and the club’s supporters will be hoping that that isn’t their punishment over the matter.
Sheffield Wednesday are next in action this weekend when they take on Brentford at Hillsborough, in what could prove to be a tricky test for Garry Monk’s side, against a Bees side who thrashed Luton Town 7-0 on Saturday.
This will be a real worry for Sheffield Wednesday.
Chansiri has been criticised in the past by some of the club’s supporters for his day-to-day running of the club, and this latest issue certainly isn’t going to help his case.
There had previously been talk of a potential points deduction, and this would be the worst case scenario, especially as Sheffield Wednesday are well in contention to challenge for a top-six finish this season in the Championship.