Wigan may contest 12-point penalty
Wigan Athletic could appeal against the English Football League’s 12-point deduction after the Championship side became the first club to go into administration since the start of the Covid-19 crisis.
Wigan, taken over last month by a partnership headed by a Hong Kong businessman, their third ownership change in under two years, must wait until the end of the season on July 22 to know when the 12-point penalty will be applied.
Currently eight points above the relegation zone, the sanction will be applied this season should they stay out of the bottom three. If Wigan are relegated the deduction would apply to the start of their League One campaign next season.
However, under EFL rules, clubs are permitted to appeal via a clause relating to circumstances that could be considered “unforeseeable and unavoidable”, which could yet apply in the case of Covid-19.