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Derby ‘to be hit with nine-point deduction’ after breakthrough in talks with EFL


The Rams have been locked in a bitter battle with the Football League for months but an end could now be in sight

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Derby County are set to be hit by a 12-point penalty, according to reports emerging tonight.

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The Championship side have been locked in a legal wrangle with the EFL for well over a year. It relates to a breach of financial regulations by the East Midlands club.

They were initially charged in early 2020 and subsequently cleared. The EFL then appealed part of the charge, resulting in a £100,000 fine this summer.

They were also told to re-submit three years’ worth of accounts.

Now, the Mail claims that a nine-point handicap is set to be handed down this season with a further three points suspended until the 2022-23 campaign.

Derby County have endured a flurry of problems this season

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The report says: “Discussions over an agreed business plan remained ongoing on Wednesday night and agreement remained elusive.

“Sources disclosed there is a widespread belief the end is now in sight, with both club and league expecting to make an announcement later this week.”

The Rams are already under a transfer embargo that has limited the recruitment by manager Wayne Rooney.

Nevertheless, Rooney’s side have made a better-than-expected start to the season. They have seven points from seven games, the latest of which came in Tuesday night’s stalemate with leaders West Brom.

WEST BROMWICH, ENGLAND – SEPTEMBER 14: Derby County Manager Wayne Rooney during the Sky Bet Championship match between West Bromwich Albion and Derby County at The Hawthorns on September 14, 2021 in West Bromwich, England. (Photo by Tony Marshall/Getty Images)

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Should County be hit with a nine-point penalty before Saturday’s round of matches, Rooney’s side would go bottom on minus-two points.

Rooney has made no secret of his frustration at the off-field dramas at Derby. As well as the legal wrangles with the league, County have also been the subject of multiple botched takeover bids.

Speaking last month Rooney said: “We are trying to move this club forward both on and off the pitch. My job is to focus on the pitch, so I can do my job and hope other people do theirs.”

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