County Derby is set to agree to a point deduction with the EFL for breaking financial fair play rules.
If a final deal were made, he would see a reduced penalty from what would otherwise have been applied, but a reported nine point deduction would immediately confine them to the bottom of the second tier with minus two points.
Rule 85 of the EFL Rules allows a club to accept a reduced sentence in order to avoid the time and cost of the case being heard by a future formal disciplinary commission. Reports released Wednesday evening claimed that a new three-point suspension would be suspended pending future compliance.
It was under that rule in July that Derby accepted a suspended three-point deduction for failing to pay its players last December.
The Rams are already operating under a strict transfer embargo, which has limited their search for new players this summer to free transfers and loans on contracts up to six months.
Derby was originally indicted in January 2020 for violating the spending rules and was subsequently cleared, but the EFL’s appeal on their accounting policies resulted in a £ 100,000 fine in June.
Under Wayne Rooney, Derby is currently 16th with seven points after seven games including one win and four draws, having avoided relegation to League One on the final day of last season.
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