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Birmingham City deducted nine points over breach of EFL rules

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Birmingham City has been deducted nine points due to a breach of the League's Profitability and Sustainability Rules - taking them from 13th to 18th in the Championship.

The EFL said this comes after a review of the financial submission from the Club for 2015/16 to 2017/18 where it showed the Blues had recorded losses in excess of the £39.0m upper loss threshold.

The Club was charged with a breach of those Rules on 14 August 2018.

Birmingham City pleaded guilty to the charge at a hearing on 18 March 2019.

The panel considered the matter and ruled a nine-point deduction which will take effect in the current season.

Both the Club and the EFL have 14 days to appeal the decision.

The Profitability and Sustainability Rules, aligned with those in the Premier League, became effective in 2015/16. Season 2017/18 was the end of the first full reporting period with Birmingham City the only Club found to have breached those requirements, when it incurred adjusted losses of £48.787 million, £9.787 million in excess of the permitted losses.The Disciplinary Commission had the opportunity to consider all relevant factors in reaching its determination, including the Club’s mitigation.

– EFL spokesman