"Everything I do in business I do legally" - Sheffield Wednesday boss Dejphon Chansiri breaks silence over EFL misconduct charge

Sheffield Wednesday owner Dejphon Chansiri has broken his silence over the club’s ongoing legal wrangling with the EFL, admitting there is no set timescale on when an outcome might be reached.

Wednesday, 18th March 2020, 1:35 pm
Updated Wednesday, 18th March 2020, 6:04 pm

Wednesday are locked in an arbitration case with the league authority after they were charged with misconduct for the handling of their 2017/18 accounts, which saw Hillsborough stadium sold back to a separate Chansiri-owned company for £60m.

The Wednesday chairman said he was able to reveal little about the ongoing case itself, though, claiming he was bound by confidentiality.

He also said there is no timescale on when the rulings are likely to be found but maintained the club's innocence. Chansiri himself is one of three club figures to have been charged along with Wednesday.

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“I believe with any situation like this, and because it has not happened to our club before, we have always had to be prepared for an indefinite period of time,” he told Yorkshire Live.

“Right from the start, there have never been any timescales or deadlines set as this is an independent process.

“We do not know the outcome until the process is complete. That is the only thing I can say with certainty.

“We said from the beginning that we would vigorously defend all the charges and I can assure everyone connected to our club that this is exactly what we have done and will continue to do until this situation is concluded.

Sheffield Wednesday owner Dejphon Chansiri.

“Everything I do in business I do legally, this is very important to me, this is the way I operate. I have never done anything illegal, I always consult, it is not me or the way I work.

The Thai businessman also denied the charge has had any effect on the Owls’ faltering league form.

“Something of this nature can never be helpful of course but it is something we have to deal with together,” he said.

“It is the responsibility of the manager and the players to get the best possible results once the game is on so I do not believe that anything off the pitch has influenced anything on it. For example, we were third in the table at Christmas.”