Wi­gan lose ap­peal against rel­e­ga­tion

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

Wi­gan Ath­letic are braced for raids for An­tonee Robin­son and Joe Wil­liams, with the pair avail­able for £1.5 mil­lion and £2.5 mil­lion re­spec­tively fol­low­ing the club’s rel­e­ga­tion to League One.

In the lat­est blow to the be­lea­guered club, Wi­gan were de­moted to the third tier last night af­ter los­ing their ap­peal against a 12-point de­duc­tion for en­ter­ing ad­min­is­tra­tion last month.

Wi­gan had fin­ished 13th in the Cham­pi­onship but, af­ter an in­de­pen­dent ar­bi­tra­tion panel dis­missed their at­tempts to have the sanc­tion quashed, the club dropped to 23rd, two points adrift of safety. Barns­ley, in turn, have been spared rel­e­ga­tion af­ter mov­ing up to 21st po­si­tion.

Paul Cook re­signed as Wi­gan man­ager on Satur­day and the club have been forced to sell play­ers to help raise funds to set­tle debts of about £6 mil­lion to non-foot­ball cred­i­tors.

Left-back Robin­son has a re­lease clause that makes him avail­able for £1.5mil­lion, with West Bromwich Al­bion, Wat­ford and AC Mi­lan keen on him. Mid­fielder Wil­liams can leave if an of­fer comes in for more than £2.5mil­lion.

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