Derby can still be RULED from Championship this season as EFL says they will work on deducting points ‘as soon as reasonably possible’ after winning a call to find out the club has Financial Fair Play rules violate
- Derby escaped relegation to League One on the last day with a dramatic draw
- Wayne Rooney’s side drew 3-3 against Sheffield Wednesday, who were relegated
- Wycombe Wanderers and Rotherham United were the other parties to go down
- But the EFL could sanction Derby for a violation of Financial Fair Play rules
- The league says they will push for penalties to be applied for this season and not the next
- A fine or point deduction could be applied – and the latter enforced this season would relegate the Rams from the championship after all.
The EFL wants Derby’s penalty for violating financial fair play rules to be pronounced ‘as soon as reasonably possible’.
Sportsmail announced on Tuesday that the EFL was racing against time on penalties to be imposed this season, a move that would relegate Wayne Rooney’s side to League One by applying a points deduction.
The EFL has confirmed that Derby has been found guilty of allegation of misconduct related to accounting practices related to player valuation.
Derby could be relegated from the Championship after the EFL (pictured right is Chairman Rick Parry) won the call to find the Rams in violation of Financial Fair Play
An EFL statement said: ‘The club and EFL now have the opportunity to comment on the appropriate sanction resulting from these violations.
Despite media speculation, there is no definitive timetable for a decision on sanctions, although the League will push for a decision as soon as reasonably possible.
We understand that Derby, owned by Mel Morris, has delayed proceedings in an apparent effort to avoid penalties this season.
But the club said: ‘The reason EFL’s appeal took so long to determine was because of three separate preliminary issues raised by Middlesbrough FC and then the EFL … each of which was rejected because the club was successful. .
“ Had Middlesbrough and the EFL not filed those preliminary issues, the appeal could have been settled in 2020. ”
Derby manager Wayne Rooney celebrated his team’s survival in the championship on Saturday
It remains likely that the EFL is out of time and that Derby will instead start next season with a potential point deduction.
Meanwhile, future Derby owner Erik Alonso’s Twitter account has disappeared hours after apparently attempting to label a £ 42 million mansion for his property.
Social media users were quick to point out that a video Alonso posted about the luxury path had been used by a Los Angeles-based broker last month.
Stan Collymore wrote in response: ‘Erik Alonso. Next time he can use my house if he wants to. ‘
Sportsmail revealed last week that the proposed acquisition of Alonso was in serious jeopardy.
EFL sources have since expressed doubts about the validity of the deal, with Alonso unable to provide proof of funds.
Wycombe would be reinstated in the championship if Derby were hit with a points deduction
Sportsmail has been told that Derby – owned by Mel Morris (above) – was not following accepted practice by including the depreciation of player assets in their accounts