The latest as EFL’s Sheffield Wednesday appeal deadline passes

The deadline for the English Football League to appeal the decision that resulted in Sheffield Wednesday’s 12-point deduction has now passed.

Thursday, 20th August 2020, 1:00 pm

Wednesday were docked 12 points by an Independent Disciplinary Commission after a long process that lasted the best part of a year, with the IDC finding the club guilty of breaching the league’s Profitability and Sustainability rules.

However, while the EFL wanted the points docked in the 2019/20 season – something that would have relegated the Owls from the Championship – the IDC instead docked them for 2020/21, with Garry Monk’s side starting the new campaign on -12.

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The Star understands that the deadline for the EFL to appeal the verdict has now passed, and while the club have opted to appeal their punishment, the league are not believed to have lodged an appeal from their side.

Wednesday said on the day the written reasons were made public, “Given the findings in respect of Charge 1 and the sanction imposed, the Club shall be appealing the Decision to an EFL League Arbitration Panel, both against the finding with respect to Charge 1 and the sanction.

“The Club believes its grounds of appeal to be strong. The Club will continue to take all appropriate steps to protect its interests, for the benefit of the Club and its supporters, and looks forward to the appeal being heard by the League Arbitration Panel at the earliest opportunity.”

It is expected that the appeal hearing will get underway at some point in autumn of this year.

The EFL won't be appealing the IDC's Sheffield Wednesday decision. (Photo by Christopher Lee/Getty Images)

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