Derby County will play in the Championship after the EFL decides not to appeal the fine


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Derby County finished one point above the relegation zone for the Championship this season

Derby will play in the championship next season after the English Football League decided not to appeal the decision to just penalize the club for accounting policies.

Rams were fined £ 100,000 and ordered them to resubmit their accounts by the EFL Disciplinary Commission.

The EFL could appeal the verdict and demand a deduction of points – which would lead to relegation.

But the EFL believed there was no real chance of getting any appeal.

The statement read: “Although the EFL does not agree that these sanctions are proportionate to the violations found, after consulting with our legal advisers, the EFL Board has unfortunately determined that there are insufficient grounds to appeal the sanction imposed by the Independent Disciplinary Commission.”

The EFL has developed an interchangeable schedule for next season for Derby and Wycombe Wanderers – who finished one point behind the Aries – while the process was finalized.

They were derbies cleared of violations of the rules of financial fair play last year.

However, the EFL appealed the decision to an independent court and won the item element regarding how the club measured the value of the players – which is called depreciation.

A fine of £ 100,000 for Aries came after the arbitral tribunal ruled that the club had not followed standard accounting rules when submitting its original claims.

Wycombe owner Rob Couhig subsequently accused Derby of “systematic cheating” and said the Aries should be further punished for “years after years of breaking the rules.”

Analysis

Simon Stone, BBC Sport

The EFL is deeply disappointed with how this ended.

It feels like the written reasons didn’t leave a realistic chance of success with any appeal, so a sequel would be counterproductive.

They feel they have won the dispute over player depreciation and will now push for a change in the rules to prevent any other club from following the path created by Derby.

According to the previous verdict, Derby must resubmit the accounts for the years ending June 30, 2016, June 30, 2017, and June 30, 2018 to August 18. The EFL will then assess them to determine if they meet the profitability and sustainability rules.

However, any decision on this and the next case will have no effect on the start of the 2021-22 season. Derby will play in the Championship and Wycombe in the First League.


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