Derby County appeal against 12-point deduction for entering administration

Derby County have appealed against the 12-point penalty imposed on the club by the English Football League (EFL) last month for entering administration.

The Pride Park-club were handed the points penalty after entering administration in September following ongoing financial trouble.

The English Football League announced on Monday the appeal had been lodged and said the matter would now be referred to an independent arbitration panel.

The points deduction, which was imposed following the club confirming the appointment of administrators on September 22, will remain applied to the Championship table while the arbitration process is ongoing, the EFL said.

Wayne Rooney, Derby County manager Credit: PA Images

The league’s regulations state an appeal against the penalty can only be launched on the grounds of ‘force majeure’ – where a club enters administration due to “unforeseeable and unavoidable” circumstances.

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A club statement was issued on September 17 saying the intention was to enter administration.

It said the coronavirus pandemic had "a severe impact" on revenues and that the club had become unable to service its day-to-day financial obligations.

Derby’s administrators rated the club’s chances of avoiding liquidation at 95 per cent last month, and said at the time they were already aware of six parties interested in buying the club.

On the pitch, the Rams are on two points with the 12-point deduction applied, seven off safety.

However, they face the prospect of a further, separate points deduction over breaches of EFL financial regulations under their former owner Mel Morris.