Derby County will play in the Championship next season after the EFL chose not to appeal the club’s £100,000 fine over some of their accounting policies – but opposition football fans aren’t happy.
In a statement released on Friday the EFL said they were “disappointed” with the decision of the independent disciplinary commission that fined Derby for breaching the league’s Financial Fair Play rules.
The EFL added that they did not agree that the sanctions were “commensurate with the breaches found” but had “regrettably determined that there are insufficient grounds to appeal the sanction”.
It means that Derby will retain their place in the Championship next season at the expense of Wycombe Wanderers, who stood to benefit if the Rams had been handed a points deduction.
Wycombe were relegated on the final day of the season after finishing a point behind Derby, meaning any form of points decision would have condemned Wayne Rooney’s men to relegation to League One.
Rooney and the Rams will be keen to put the matter to bed, but football fans on Twitter are not happy with the ruling.
One supporter called EFL: “Bottle jobs.”
While someone else said: “Derby get away with cheating yet again, just imagine my shock.”
Another person accused the EFL of hypocrisy, saying: “If this is a league 2 team on the other hand your sending them into liquidation. Bottlers x.”
A fourth Twitter user added: “Too scared to punish the big boys I see.”
“No surprise the EFL have decided to let derby get away with it. £100k fine is absolutely nothing”, was the view of a fifth disgruntled supporter.
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However, Derby aren’t completely out of the woods yet.
The EFL’s statement also says that Derby must: “Submit revised and restated accounts for the years ended 30 June 2016, 30 June 2017 and 30 June 2018 to the EFL by Wednesday 18 August 2021”.
It adds that: “Once these have been submitted, the EFL will then be required to consider the submissions in reference to the P&S rules and in particular re-assess whether the Club has complied with the requirement to limit losses in accordance with those rules”.
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