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MetiNews.Com - The Owls will start the 2020/21 Championship season on -12 points
Breaking News ! Former Sheffield Wednesday manager Brian Laws has described the ruling from the independent disciplinary commission as "damaging for the club and the supporters". The Owls, who finished 16th in the Championship last term, have been deducted 12 points for the 2020/21 season for breaking spending rules. Wednesday were hit with an English Football League misconduct charge last November over their controversial sale and leaseback of Hillsborough to chairman Dejpjon Chansiri to avoid falling foul of Profitability and Sustainability regulations. Read More Related Articles Sheffield Wednesday's Championship rivals threaten legal action over points deduction decision Read More Related Articles Sheffield Wednesday respond after being hit with 12-point deduction over EFL's FFP rules A three-man panel, appointed under EFL regulations, heard the case last month and have deemed that Wednesday breached spending rules by including the profits from the sale of the ground in their 2017/18 accounts. The Owls say they are "extremely disappointed" by the points deduction and will await written reasons from the commission before considering any appeal. Speaking to BBC Look North, Laws said: "Now that they have had 12 points deducted for next season, in a way Sheffield Wednesday can look at that and think they are quite fortunate in one respect that they are still in the Championship and still have a chance to stay in the Championship rather than have a relegation on their hands. That's one way of looking at it. Read More Related Articles Explained: Why Sheffield Wednesday's points deduction will take place next season Read More Related Articles 'Operation great escape' - Sheffield Wednesday fans react as Owls hit with 12-point deduction "Twelve points is still a lot. It is damaging for the club and the supporters. It is heartbreaking to say the least.
. It could have been a lot, lot worse." Relegated Charlton Athletic have confirmed they are considering a legal challenge.
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If the points deduction had been imposed on Wednesday for the recently completed 2019/20 season, Garry Monk's side would have finished bottom of the table and gone down. Laws believes it is "ludicrous" how long it has taken for the Owls' case to be resolved. "It was a really important decision, not just for Sheffield Wednesday, but for the teams scrapping to stay in the division in Wigan, Barnsley and Charlton," he said. "They have obviously got a case. "It gives me a nasty taste in the mouth to think the Football League have left it that long. I think it is a poor decision to wait this long."
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