Derby gets 12 penalty points after breakthrough in talks with EFL

EXCLUSIVE: Derby will have NINE points deducted this season after breaking talks with the EFL – with a further three suspended until next year – to plunge them into the championship relegation zone

  • The nine point deduction that this campaign would put them at the bottom of the rankings
  • Derby County and the EFL are embroiled in an often bitter 18-month row
  • Sportsmail understands that an ‘agreement in principle’ has been reached between them
  • Championship side breached financial rules and fined £100,000
  • Owner Mel Morris is eager to find a buyer and hopes a settlement will promote a sale


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Derby County will receive a 12-point penalty after a breakthrough in talks with the EFL.

Wayne Rooney’s Rams face a nine-point deduction this season – which would plunge them to the bottom of the championship – with three suspended until next season.

Sports post understands that an ‘agree in principle’ has been reached between Derby officials and the EFL on the amount to be taken away after an often bitter 18-month row following the club’s breach of financial rules.

Derby County, managed by Wayne Rooney (pictured), will receive a 12-point penalty

Derby County, managed by Wayne Rooney (pictured), will receive a 12-point penalty

Nine of the points would be deducted this season, putting them at the bottom, with three next year

Nine of the points would be deducted this season, putting them at the bottom, with three next year

Nine of the points would be deducted this season, putting them at the bottom, with three next year

However, on Wednesday evening, talks on an agreed business plan continued and agreement remained elusive.

Sources have revealed that there is a widespread belief that the end is now in sight, and both club and league expect to make an announcement later this week.

An initial agreement on the scoring is a big step towards a conclusion, but agreement on the club’s accounts is needed.

Rooney's side secured a solid 0-0 draw against championship leaders West Brom on Tuesday

Rooney's side secured a solid 0-0 draw against championship leaders West Brom on Tuesday

Rooney’s side secured a solid 0-0 draw against championship leaders West Brom on Tuesday

Derby, which is up for sale, was initially charged and acquitted in January 2020. But an EFL appeal in June this year resulted in a £100,000 fine.

The East Midlands outfit was then told to “submit revised and restated bills” for the years ending June 30, 2016, 2017 and 2018 before August 18.

Derby, who avoided relegation on the last day of last season, is under a transfer embargo, limiting them to free transfers and loan spells.

Rams owner Mel Morris is eager to find a buyer and hopes a settlement will help with the sale

Rams owner Mel Morris is eager to find a buyer and hopes a settlement will help with the sale

Rams owner Mel Morris is eager to find a buyer and hopes a settlement will help with the sale

Owner Mel Morris is looking for a buyer and hopes a settlement will open the door for interested parties.

Given the background, the club has started the season better than many had feared. After Tuesday evening’s 0-0 draw against league-leader West Bromwich Albion, they were in the middle with seven points.

If applied before their next game, with Stoke City on Saturday, a nine point penalty would put them at the bottom of the league table at minus two points, six points away from safety.

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