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|Subject: Calls for EFL financial rules to change after Birmingham City charged by EFL Sat Apr 25, 2020 12:46 pm|| |
A number of Championship clubs have thrown their support behind the idea of the EFL making amendments to their controversial Profitability and Sustainability regulations, or to get rid of that particular set of rules entirely.Birmingham City are one of a number of clubs who have been penalised for being found of breaching the regulations; last season, they were dealt a nine-point deduction, causing them to look over their shoulder in the Championship table where previously they’d been comfortable in mid-table.That was because of the club being found guilty of breaching the EFL’s profitability and sustainability rules, which involved the club making more of a financial loss than is permitted over the course of three years.A business plan was imposed on the club by the League, something they told they must adhere to in order to stay within the financial rules - but they allegedly failed to and were asked to state their case in front of the disciplinary commission in February.Blues, at risk of suffering a second successive points deduction, were found not guilty at the time, but the EFL have decided to contest that verdict and now will be asked to present their case to another independent commission in the near future.Blues were understandably furious by the EFL’s decision to contest the original verdict, particularly in the current climate where football has come to a standstill because of the coronavirus.The truth is, though, that Blues aren’t the only club under scrutiny on the financial front.Both Sheffield Wednesday and Derby County have both been on the end of EFL charges this term, relating to the sales of Hillsborough and Pride Park respectively.