The Athletic has claimed that a number of Championship clubs, including Barnsley, are set to sue the EFL if they are relegated and Birmingham City, Derby County or Sheffield Wednesday are allowed to start the 20/21 campaign on negative points.
All three clubs are in danger of having points deductions – Derby and Sheffield Wednesday over the sale of their stadiums to sister companies.
Andrea Radrizzani hit out at Derby and called for sanctions against the club over the sale of the stadium, which he said was “greater cheating” than the Spygate scandal that engulfed Leeds.
The EFL is appealing against a decision to clear Birmingham over a breach of financial fair play rules.
Barnsley are currently bottom of the Championship. Sheffield Wednesday are 14 points ahead of them but just nine off the drop zone. Derby are three points above them.
Birmingham are eight points off the bottom three.
Barnsley co-owner Paul Conway was quoted as saying, “If something like that happens again, we’ll make a claim and we think we’ll have a strong case. We’re not asking for a change in the rules. We are asking for the rules to be followed.”
This is yet another potential complication to the relegation issue in the Championship this season – one that’s already potentially murky amid the Coronavirus outbreak.
From a Leeds’ perspective, it doesn’t really matter who is relegated as long as three teams go down – and up to the Premier League.
However, it’s extremely hard to have sympathy for Derby especially, after their glee in pursuing the Spygate scandal on and off the pitch.
The hypocrisy is huge and this was pointed out by Radrizzani after Leeds were unfairly pulled over the coals after Marcelo Bielsa admitted sending an intern to watch Derby train from a public path.
We also believe that all clubs should have to play under the same financial rules – and be subject to sanctions if they break them.
Some Championship clubs have talked about the need for a bailout amid the Coronavirus outbreak but that seems laughable in the face of these cases, and a FFP system that’s designed to almost encourage racking up losses.
We believe that sanctions should be applied immediately to the 19/20 season, whatever effect that has on the clubs.
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