Derby fined £ 100,000 as EFL draws up fixtures featuring Rams in league and Ligue 1 | Football news


Derby says he is “disappointed” at the EFL for developing an “interchangeable” matchlist as the threat of relegation still hangs over the East Midlands club.

An independent disciplinary commission has fined Derby £ 100,000 for accounting irregularities, while the club and EFL have the right to appeal the sanction decision.

This prompted the EFL to announce that an “interchangeable match list” had been drawn up in case an appeal resulted in a retrospective derby point deduction and therefore relegation to League One.

Matches published Thursday morning featured Derby in the League and Wycombe Wanderers in League One – “awaiting any appeal regarding this decision”.

The Derby club website said: “Please note that these matches are subject to change and at this stage the match list is considered a DRAFT.”

Meanwhile, Wycombe – who finished third from the bottom of the league in 2020/21 – also noted on his website that the EFL has put together another fixture list.

Derby “disappointed” by EFL press release

In a statement released after the matches were published, Derby said the club “look forward to entering the league in the 2021/22 season”.

Derby expressed that they were “disappointed” with the EFL for several reasons.

“Although the disciplinary commission has yet to release the full written reasons for its decision, the EFL has issued a press release about it and the list of meetings last night,” the statement read.

“The club are disappointed that the EFL did not, as usual, wait for the publication of the reasons of the disciplinary commission nor agree a statement with the club and further chose to be selective on the decision and to present it in a form that omits key dates and details. “

Derby then contested the advisability of a point deduction, adding that they did not believe “it is legal for the EFL to seek to impose one in retrospect, changing the final league standings once the season ended “.

Derby’s statement concluded: “He [the club] will not comment further until the publication of the full written reasons of the Disciplinary Commission.

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Wayne Rooney and Colin Kazim-Richards celebrate as Derby avoids relegation from championship

The EFL confirmed the £ 100,000 fine in a statement on Wednesday evening, adding that Derby had been warned of “its future conduct in relation to the preparation of its annual accounts”.

Derby was also ordered to “file restated accounts for the years ended June 30, 2016, 2017 and 2018”.

The initial charge against the club was filed almost 18 months ago. Derby was then allowed to break the League’s financial rules, but the EFL won its appeal against the decision in May.

The move ruled that Derby had incorrectly recorded in their accounts how they allocated the costs of transferring certain players over the term of their contracts. This “write-off” is a legitimate accounting procedure used by all football clubs, but there would have been “ambiguities” in Derby’s accounts.

In May, Sky Sports News ” Rob Dorsett said the legal process could take months.

Derby remains steadfast in his belief that he has done nothing wrong.


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