Rams in danger of ‘retrospective relegation’ as spectre of points deduction emerges

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Derby County could be in danger of being “retrospectively relegated” after an independent Disciplinary Commission has delivered its decision on sanctions against the club.

The decision related to disciplinary proceedings brought by the EFL relating to the Club’s policy adopted for the amortisation of player registrations.

The Rams have been ordered to sumbit revised accounts for the financial years ended 30 June 2016, 30 June 2017 and 30 June 2018 by August 18 this year and has fined the club £100,000.

The EFL has also said it could retrospectively deduct points from Derby’s 2020/21 season total and has developed “an interchangeable fixture list for Derby County and Wycombe Wanderers” (who were relegated from the Championship) because there is a “possibility” that as part of a future appeal against the Decision of the Disciplinary Commission (which has not yet been brought) a points deduction could “take effect in 2020/21 that would potentially impact the final league placings”.

A statement from the Rams said: “The Club disputes that a points deduction at any time is appropriate, and disputes that it is lawful for the EFL to seek to impose one retrospectively, altering the final league placings after the season has already finished.

“The Club looks forward to competing in the Championship in the 2021/22 season. It shall not comment further until after publication of the full written reasons of the Disciplinary Commission.”

Derby County owner Mel Morris is desperate to sell the Club, but two recent deals have fallen through.