Wigan down after losing appeal against points deduction

Ruben Hill
August 5, 2020

Wigan, who have bounced between the Championship and League One since relegation from the Premier League in 2012-13, released a statement saying they were "disappointed" but would accept the decision.

In the latest blow to the beleaguered Lancashire club, Wigan were demoted to the third tier last night (TUES) after losing their appeal against a 12 point deduction for entering administration last month.

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 EFL will continue to engage with the administrators to provide its full support in all ongoing matters with the aim of achieving a long-term future for the club", an official statement said. "The first team management will now prepare the team for next season's Sky Bet League One campaign".

The verdict also means that Barnsley, following their great escape on the final day of the season, are still a Championship club after finishing one spot outside the relegation zone as a result of Wigan's point penalty.

"In cases of insolvency, the panel does not determine the timing of the sanction as it can in independent disciplinary proceedings".

As a result of Tuesday's decision, Barnsley remain in the Championship after finishing a point above the relegation zone with a stoppage-time victor on the final day of the season.

But on Tuesday the EFL confirmed that the club's appeal had been rejected.

Paul Cook resigned as Wigan manager on Saturday and the club have been forced to sell players to help raise funds to settle debts of around £6 million to non-football creditors.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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