Derby County could face ANOTHER points deduction next season
Derby County could face another points deduction next season if an FA investigation finds Wayne Rooney’s agent secretly paid around £1.6million in players’ salaries in violation of the rules
- Derby County in government for nine months after financial crisis
- After American Chris Kirchner failed to complete the purchase of the club earlier this month, a new buyer, Clowes Developments, is now lining up.
- however, the Daily Telegram alleges that while Kirchner tried to buy the club, Wayne Rooney’s agent, Paul Stretford, was secretly paying players’ salaries
Derby faces the prospect of another points deduction in League One next season as a possible punishment for the alleged illegal payment of player wages.
The FA is investigating reports in the Daily Telegram that Wayne Rooney’s agent, Paul Stretford, secretly paid around £1.6 million in player salaries last month in a failed attempt to help American businessman Chris Kirchner buy the club in what would amount to a breach of the intermediary rules of the governing body.
Derby was given a three-point suspended sentence last season for failing to pay wages and the EFL is now under pressure from other clubs to impose it if it is proven that last month’s salaries were paid illegally.
The crisis-ravaged Derby at League One has been in charge since September last year
In addition to taking action against Stretford, the FA could also choose to penalize Derby with a fine or points deduction.
When Telegraph Sport reached out to him on Monday, Streford’s spokesman said: ‘No comment is available at the moment’. The FA also said ‘nothing to add’.
Derby got a combined total of 21 points last season – 12 for entering the administration, nine for violating profit and sustainability rules – sentenced them to relegation from the championship and they could also start League One with a negative point total.
In addition to the potential three-point penalty in the next campaign, Derby could also face a further 15 points if their new owner does not settle all outstanding debts, but this prospect has diminished since Clowes Developments accepted their offer last week.
Derby were relegated from the championship last season amid their financial difficulties
The Derbyshire property group has agreed to pay all unsecured football creditors at least 25 per cent of what they owe, helping them avoid the higher penalty points.
Derby’s trustees, Quantuma, could also face action from the Financial Services Authority if proven complicit in the secret wages deal. Stretford is said to have provided a check for £1.6million to cover Derby’s wage bill towards the end of last month, when the Kirchner takeover first ran into serious trouble before withdrawing a fortnight ago.
If he is found to have broken FA rules, Stretford faces a fine or the temporary suspension of his agent’s license. The Stretford inquiry came three days after Rooney announced he was leaving the club following a meeting with Quantuma last Friday.