Date set for Nottingham Forest points deduction appeal to be heard - with just four matches left

Forest were sanctioned in March for breaching profitability and sustainability rules

Jonathan Veal
Monday 15 April 2024 08:46 BST
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Nottingham Forest’s appeal against their four-point deduction for breaking Premier League financial rules is set to be heard in the week commencing April 22, it is understood.

Forest were sanctioned in March for breaching profitability and sustainability rules (PSR) by £34.5million above their permitted threshold of £61m.

They immediately cited their unhappiness at an independent commission’s ruling, with their defence centred around the sale of Brennan Johnson to Tottenham on the final day of the 2023 transfer window, which occurred a short period later than necessary.

They soon confirmed their intention to appeal, which will now be heard in the week after they visit Everton in a crunch Premier League game next Sunday.

The result is not expected straight away, however, and with the Toffees also appealing against their second points deduction of the season, there is a real prospect of the relegation fight being decided by boardroom litigation.

Forest will again argue their case, with the hope their penalty is reviewed and therefore giving themselves breathing space at the foot of the table.

They were plunged into the relegation mire by their deduction but moved a point clear of Luton in 18th following Saturday’s 2-2 draw with Wolves.

Everton were originally deducted ten points first time around before an appeal and subsequent second deduction, which has resulted in them currently losing six points, compared to Forest’s four.

Elsewhere, Sheffield United have been handed a two-point deduction applicable for the next season they are an EFL club, which looks like it will be as soon as next term given their status at the bottom of the Premier League table.

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