EFL deduct 9 points from Birmingham for breaching Financial Fair Play regulations

Aubrey Yates
March 22, 2019

The Football League have taken action against Birmingham City for breaching profitability and sustainability rules by docking the Midlands club nine points.

An independent disciplinary commission heard the case on Monday and decided Blues should not be given the maximum penalty.

Last season the club were sanctioned with a transfer embargo after exceeding the permitted losses of £39m over a three-year period, only to then sign Danish full-back Kristian Pedersen from Union Berlin for £2m in June 2018.

Losing nine points would drop them five places to 18th with 41 points, and leaves them five points above the relegation zone with eight games remaining.

The measure means Birmingham are set to be the first club hit with a points deduction since the EFL introduced its new profitability and sustainability regulations two seasons ago.

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Birmingham have been docked nine points after breaching financial rules, the EFL has announced.

The possibility of relegation to League One now becomes very real for Birmingham.

Fortunately for Monk's men, they will also face four sides in the bottom six, and wins over those opponents would certainly aid their push for Championship survival.

"I didn't know anything about Financial Fair Play".

However, speaking to The Telegraph, the legendary manager revealed he was not involved in the majority of the club's dealings.

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