When Sheffield Wednesday's legal battle with EFL is expected to be completed after coronavirus outbreak: report

Sheffield Wednesday's legal battle with the EFL will still be resolved this year despite the coronavirus pandemic, according to a national newspaper report today.

By Danny Hall
Tuesday, 17th March 2020, 9:56 pm
Hillsborough (Photo by Nigel Roddis/Getty Images)
Hillsborough (Photo by Nigel Roddis/Getty Images)

The Telegraph reports that, despite fears from rival clubs that the disciplinary proceedings could be further delayed, the case against Wednesday - and a similar one against their Championship rivals, Derby County - will be concluded before the end of this current season.

If the current season is cancelled, sources told the Telegraph that a decision will be reached before the end of the year.

Wednesday could be hit with a range of sanctions, including a points deduction, after being charged by the EFL for breaking spending rules.

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The charge relates to Wednesday's controversial sale of their Hillsborough sale to Chansiri, to avoid breaking spending rules in the 2017/18 season.

Without the sale of the ground, Wednesday would have posted a pre-tax loss of £35.4m and breached Profitability and Sustainability regulations. Under P&S rules, clubs are permitted to lose a maximum of £39 million over three years.

Derby have also been charged after selling Pride Park to a company owned by their owner, Mel Morris.

But Wednesday's charges centre on the circumstances of when the stadium was sold and the fact that it was included in the 2018 accounts, despite cash having only been transferred a year later – and only in instalments.

There are also question marks over why the stadium was not correctly registered with the Land Registry until over a year after the apparent sale and how the property could have been purchased by a company that did not formally exist at the time of the sale. Wednesday denied the charge and on Thursday released a short statement saying the charges will be ‘vigorously defended’ by the club.

Wednesday then fired back at misconduct charges brought against them by the EFL in an explosive statement last year, claiming that the authority was in breach of ‘binding expectation’ and that they were ‘unlawful’.

Derby have also vowed to defend the charge, arguing the sale of 'fixed assets' like stadiums was previously allowed.