Wi­gan may con­test 12-point penalty

The Daily Telegraph - Business - - Sport - By James Ducker

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.

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