Wigan Athletic administrator comments on Sheffield Wednesday’s points deduction

One of the administrators at recently-relegated side, Wigan Athletic, has commented on the situation surrounding Sheffield Wednesday’s 12-point deduction in the Championship, admitting that it ‘doesn’t really affect’ them.

By Joe Crann
Tuesday, 4th August 2020, 12:00 pm

The Owls were docked 12 points on Friday evening after they were found guilty of ‘breaching the League’s Profitability and Sustainability Rules for the three season reporting period ending with Season 2017/18’ surrounding the sale of Hillsborough to owner, Dejphon Chansiri.

While the points deduction is a blow for the Owls, the fact that it only comes into play for the 2020/21 season means that they maintain their status in the English Championship, something that has seemingly upset Charlton Athletic and their supporters.

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A Charlton fan group said, “We are left feeling this is a massive injustice. Wednesday have benefited from cheating for two seasons and won't be punished until next. This season the Owls took four points off Charlton using players that they couldn't have afforded if they hadn't cheated.”

The Addicks would have stayed up if Wednesday had been docked the points for 2019/20.

Wigan, however, don’t appear to be too perturbed by the decision, with their automatic 12-point deduction for going into administration last month meaning that even if the Owls were punished for the season just gone, they’d still be relegated.

Speaking to talkSPORT on Monday, Wigan administrator, Stanley, said, “With Sheffield Wednesday’s position, I don’t know why those points go next season.

Sheffield Wednesday and Wigan Athletic got one win apiece in their two encounters this season, both teams winning at home. (Photo by George Wood/Getty Images)

“I’m guessing that it’s because they’ve got a right to appeal or something like that, in which case it would tail into next season. I don’t know if it’s consistent with what happened with Macclesfield, I think it probably is.

“But from Wigan’s perspective, one place up the table would still have us relegated, so it doesn’t really affect us.’

Wigan have appealed their points deduction claiming ‘force majeure’ after the role that they feel the COVID-19 pandemic has had in their relegation from the Championship, saying that their argument isn’t about the 12 points from an ‘administrative point of view’.

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