All the clues are that the punishment for infringing the profitability and sustainability rules will be decided in February. This has not been publicly announced and it’s a secret who the disciplinary panel are. However, let’s understand that the outcome of the hearing is likely to be a compromise between a hard line / maximum sanction that the English Football League (EFL) are calling for and no fine or points deduction that we are sure the BCFC board and owners are asking for.
The starting point is that rules have been broken and so our club should be punished. However this simplistic view and the letter below written to EFL by one of our members, David Wade, we think summarizes why the outcome of the hearing should not include a points deduction.
We are grateful to David for his permission to publish his letter. Blues Trust supports this approach and calls on the EFL to:
- be positive and agree an outcome that helps our great club move forward.
- not dish out punishments that hinder long term sustainability and do not recognise the recent and genuine efforts at Birmingham City to work within the rules while others still do not.