Sheffield news Lawyer says handling of Owls' case calls EFL's integrity into question MetiNews.Com
MetiNews.Com - The Owls were handed a 12-point deduction to apply next season - more than nine months after first being charged
Breaking News ! The handling of Sheffield Wednesday's charge by the EFL calls the governing body's integrity into question. That's the verdict of a sports lawyer who specialises in disputes and regulatory matters. The Owls were handed a 12-point deduction on Friday night - to be implemented next season - following their breach of the EFL's Profitability and Sustainability rules. The punishment relates to the Owls ' sale of Hillsborough to owner Dejphon Chansiri in an attempt to stay within FFP rules. Kevin Carpenter believes that the time taken from the initial charge to handing down the deduction - more than nine months - was too long and that rival clubs have every right to be agrieved at the points deduction not being handed down until this season. That effectively spares the Owls from the drop this term. Carpenter believes the whole handling brings the integrity of the competition into question. Read More Related Articles 'Damaging for the club and fans' - Brian Laws reacts to Sheffield Wednesday's points deduction Read More Related Articles Charlton Athletic and Wigan Athletic fans furious over Sheffield Wednesday's points deduction Speaking to BBC Sheffield, he said: "There's no difference between the owner and the club itself - it's one single entity for the purpose of the rules. "This was a very serious breach of the rules given they had gone over the amount they were allowed to lose over a three-year period so they now face this. "Fortunately, it's now gone into next season rather than this season pending an appeal. "We don't have the full written reasons.
. "It was always anticipated whoever lost would appeal. Given there's so little time between now and the start of next season in September, it's difficult to see how that would probably be concluded in time.
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"That's part of the reason why people thought it would be next season rather than this season. "But it does call into question the integrity of the league a little bit."
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