Derby County’s relegation rivals have issued a statement regarding the Rams’ potential points deduction.
With Sky Sports reporting that Wayne Rooney’s side face a possible points penalty after breaching the EFL’s Financial Fair Play rules, Wycombe Wanderers have spoken out regarding the outcome of the matter.
In a statement on the Wycombe website, the club, who finished the Championship season just one point behind the Rams in 22nd place, claimed that they trust the “correct decision will be reached” by the independent commission who will be determining the outcome of the case, before revealing that they are “not contemplating legal action at this time.”
After securing a dramatic 3-3 draw with Sheffield Wednesday on the final day of the Championship season that kept the club up, the ecstasy of surviving relegation to the third tier of English football could well be short-lived for Derby.
While it remains unclear whether a points deduction would be implemented on the season just past or on next term – due to the EFL stating that there is “no definitive timescale” for proceedings – the fact that Wycombe have mentioned legal action is likely to come as infuriating news for both the club and their fanbase.
Although, whether or not this will influence how quickly the EFL make their judgement on Derby’s punishment, and subsequently determining whether or not they remain in the Championship or drop down to League One as of next season, also remains unclear.
However, this too brings with it a different kind of threat for Rooney’s side, as attracting players in the summer transfer market will likely be a great deal harder when the club cannot offer assurances of which league they will be playing their football in next year or if they are going to start next season on a minus points total.
As such, the whole situation is something of a mess, and none of it appears to be good news for the Rams.