Coventry launch appeal over 10-point deduction

League One side went into administration

Coventry have launched an appeal against their 10-point deduction by the Football League for entering administration.

The Sky Blues were last Thursday hit with the penalty by the League in accordance with their rules and regulations, effectively ending the npower League One club's hopes of a play-off place.

However, Coventry were given one week in which to appeal the decision and they have opted to do so.

A statement released this evening read: "Coventry City Football Club (Holdings) Ltd has submitted an appeal to the Football League to have the 10 points deducted last week reinstated.

"The points were deducted following the administration of CCFC Ltd.

"The club will keep supporters informed of the progress of the appeal."

Immediately following last week's deduction Coventry stated they were disappointed by the decision but also that they understood the Football League's course of action according to their regulations, while stressing discussions had already started as to their next course of action and whether to appeal.

Coventry and hedge fund owners Sisu found themselves in the High Court in London on March 22 battling against an application for administration submitted by Arena Coventry Limited (ACL), who manage the Ricoh Arena and claim to be owed over £1.3million in unpaid rent stretching back 12 months.

That initial hearing was adjourned, just hours after City placed a non-operating subsidiary of the club into administration - insisting it was business as usual as Coventry City Football Club (Holdings), which they claim holds the crucial 'golden shares' which provide membership to the Football League and FA, operates as normal.

ACL returned to the High Court four days later and asked for their own application for an administration order to be dismissed.

They claimed to have it on good authority from the Football League and the Football Association that Coventry's 'golden shares' do in fact still lie with Coventry City Football Club Ltd, which has already gone into administration, hence the withdrawal of their application.

And the Football League last Thursday sided with ACL when making their official verdict.

However today's appeal by Coventry has reopened the controversial case and added a fresh twist to the battle for a play-off place in League One, with the midlands club back to within five points of the top six were the 10 points to be reinstated.

PA

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