General view of Pride Park, home to Derby County during the Sky Bet Championship match between Derby County and Barnsley at the Pride Park, Derby on Thursday 2nd January 2020. (Photo by Jon Hobley/MI News/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

Derby County have been charged over extensive losses and a breach of the English Football League’s spending rules.

Derby County Charged Over Spending Rules

Breaching Spending Rules

All clubs in the EFL are subject to the profitability and sustainability rules. These allow for a maximum loss of £39 million across a three-year period.

However, according to BBC Sport, the Rams registered a loss that breached that mark when submitting their accounts.

A statement released by the EFL said: “Following a review of Derby County’s Profitability and Sustainability submissions, the EFL has charged the Club for recording losses in excess of the permitted amounts provided for in EFL regulations for the three-year period ending June 2018.

“The club will now be referred to an independent Disciplinary Commission, which will hear representations from both the EFL and Derby County.

“As these matters are now subject to proceedings, the EFL will be making no further comment at this time.”

What Could This Mean for Derby County?

As a result of their charge, the breach could also mean a possible points deduction for the Rams.

Phillip Cocu’s side are currently in the bottom half of the Championship in 17th on 34 points, a total that leaves them ten points above the relegation zone.

However, their Championship rivals, Birmingham City, were hit by a nine-point deduction for charges relating to similar matters. As a result, that would leave Derby fighting relegation.

Furthermore, it could lead to a cut-back in the squad, with the several of the squad likely to be on high wages.

Derby a tricky run of fixtures in the next few weeks. They host Hull City at Pride Park in their next game, before an FA Cup tie against Northampton Town.

Cocu’s side then face Luton Town, who are currently propping up the division.

 

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