Why Sheffield Wednesday's players are relaxed over the English Football League charge

Skipper Tom Lees insists Wednesday’s players are unconcerned about the English Football League charge hanging over the Championship club.

Friday, 20th December 2019, 5:00 pm
Updated Friday, 20th December 2019, 5:32 pm
Owls skipper Tom Lees.

Garry Monk's side could find their promotion push undermined by their ongoing dispute with the EFL over the controversial sale of their ground to owner Dejphon Chansiri.

If Wednesday are found guilty by an independent disciplinary commission of breaching spending rules, a points deduction of up to 21 points has been mooted as a possible punishment.

Lees said: "I don't think anybody knows what the outcome is going to be, even the people who are most involved in dealing with it.

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"I am not going to worry about that and neither are the players until there is something that is said.

"Even if that (a points deduction) was the case, there is nothing we can do about it as players. Our job is to go out and play and win games.

"We have to focus on doing that."

Asked if the players have spoken about the charge, Lees told The Star: "None whatsoever. The gaffer came in and said he didn't know what was going on!

"I don't think anyone really knows. All we can do is focus on what we do."

It is the second year in a row Monk has had to contend with off-the-field problems. He was in charge of Birmingham CIty last year when they were docked nine points for breaching Profitability and Sustainability regulations.

Lees said: "He [Monk] probably can't believe his luck!

"He has been through it before so he knows what we might be thinking as players and I'm sure he will know how to handle the situation."

The EFL confirmed in November that they had charged the Owls in relation to "how and when" the ground was sold and its inclusion in the 2017/18 accounts.

It later emerged that chairman Dejphon Chansiri, finance director John Redgate and former chief executive Katrien Meire had been charged with misconduct over the deal which saw Hillsborough sold to one of Chansiri's companies and leased back.

Wednesday have denied the allegations and issued a counter claim against the governing body, accusing the EFL of "acting unlawfully" by charging them.