Tuesday, May 17

Wigan Relegation To League One Confirmed After Losing Appeal Against 12-Point Deduction

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Frankie Omokhua

Wigan’s relegation to Sky Bet League One has been confirmed after the club lost its appeal to a 12-point deduction.

Wigan were handed the deduction for entering administration at the beginning of July, and were relegated by on-field results meaning the sanction applied to the 2019/20 Sky Bet Championship season.

An EFL statement confirmed: “An independent Arbitration panel has ruled that Wigan Athletic’s 12-point deduction for entering administration last month will stand after dismissing the club’s appeal against the sporting sanction.

“The club put forward a strong case and naturally we are disappointed at the decision,” Wigan said in a statement.

“The first-team management will now prepare the team for next season’s Sky Bet League One campaign.

“No detailed reasoning behind the decision is available yet, but we will post further information at the appropriate time”.

Sheffield Wednesday, who finished 16th in the table, have been handed a 12-point deduction for breaking the EFL’s profitability and sustainability rules.

The sanction, given out by an independent disciplinary commission, will be applied to next season’s Championship table.

Had the Owls’ penalty been applied to the 2019/20 season, they would currently be facing relegation to the third tier alongside Wigan and Hull, with 22nd-placed Charlton surviving.

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