Dejphon Chansiri EFL misconduct charge dropped - what does it mean for Sheffield Wednesday? Your questions answered
The news broke late last night that Sheffield Wednesday owner Dejphon Chansiri, finance director John Redgate and former chief executive Katrien Meire had all been cleared of individual EFL charges.
But the club’s battle goes on. What does all this mean for Sheffield Wednesday and their hopes of escaping proceedings without a points deduction? Let’s take a look at your questions answered.
What was Chansiri charged with and what’s gone on?
Chansiri, like Meire and Redgate, was charged along with the club for misconduct by the EFL for their role in the sale of Hillsborough, which was presented in the club’s 2017/18 accounts and allowed them to satisfy the authority’s Financial Fair Play regulations.
After the charges were brought to Wednesday in November, the club launched a counter-claim against the league suggesting the charge was ‘unlawful’ and took it to arbitration.
The cases against the three individuals have been dropped, with Wednesday claiming the ‘decision is a recognition of the strength of the evidence that the Club has filed’.
Does that mean the club are cleared and that there’s no points deduction?
In a word, no. The EFL charge of misconduct against the club remains and will be heard by an independent panel.
A points deduction is still very much on the table if the club are to be found guilty in that process. How many points is unknown, but The Star understands a maximum of 21 points is reliant on the finding of ‘aggravating factors’, or the finding that the club deliberately mislead the EFL.
Whether their dropping of these charges makes aggravating factors less likely remains to be seen.
Where are we at now? Are we past the arbitration stage?
The arbitration case is not completely closed – it’s still in the hands of the lawyers – but it is confirmed that the case against the club will proceed to an independent panel.
This is a win for Wednesday, but it’s believed that the club had hoped, ideally, to have the whole lot thrown out at arbitration stage.
So, what’s next for Wednesday?
Independent panel. Dates and circumstances yet to be confirmed.