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Derby County will NOT be relegated from the Championship over financial rules breach

Derby County will NOT be relegated from the Championship as EFL opt against appealing £100,000 fine given to the Rams for breaking financial rules… meaning Wycombe drop to League One

  • Derby will not be relegated from the Championship for breaching financial rules
  • The Rams survived on the final day of the season but were still in risk of the drop 
  • Derby were were fined £100,000 and given a warning by an independent board
  • The EFL chose not to appeal the ruling so the Rams will stay in the second tier 


Derby will not be relegated from the Sky Bet Championship for breaching financial rules after the EFL decided not to appeal against the punishment imposed by an independent disciplinary commission.

The Rams were fined £100,000 and warned as to their future conduct, but a successful appeal might have seen them suffer a points deduction which could have seen them drop into League One instead of Wycombe.

Derby and Wycombe were both included in an interchangeable Championship fixture list for the 2021-22 season released last week but the ruling means the Chairboys’ relegation to the third tier is confirmed. 

Derby County will not be relegated from the Championships for breaching financial rules

Derby County will not be relegated from the Championships for breaching financial rules

The Rams are managed by Wayne Rooney and survived relegation to League One in May

The Rams are managed by Wayne Rooney and survived relegation to League One in May

An EFL statement said: ‘While the EFL does not agree that those sanctions are commensurate to the breaches found, following consultation with our legal advisors, the EFL Board has regrettably determined that there are insufficient grounds to appeal the sanction imposed by the Independent Disciplinary Commission.’ 

The statement continued: ‘As a consequence of the EFL’s decision not to appeal, the divisional placings for season 2021/22 are to remain in accordance with the fixture list issued on 24 June 2021.’

Derby, managed by former England captain Wayne Rooney, managed to avoid the drop by a single point when they fought back to snatch a 3-3 final-day draw with Sheffield Wednesday courtesy of Martyn Waghorn’s late penalty.

However, they did so under a cloud with the EFL considering its options after winning an appeal against an initial decision to clear the club of any wrongdoing. 

Sportsmail exclusively revealed last week that manager Rooney was prepared to walk away from the Rams had they received a retrospective points deduction. 

Derby were fined £100,000 and warned as to their future conduct but the EFL chose not to appeal the punishment from an independent disciplinary commission

Derby were fined £100,000 and warned as to their future conduct but the EFL chose not to appeal the punishment from an independent disciplinary commission

It means that Wycombe Wanderers will be playing in League One next season

It means that Wycombe Wanderers will be playing in League One next season 


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