Report: Nottingham Forest docked 4 points for breaching financial rules
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Report: Nottingham Forest docked 4 points for breaching financial rules

Mar 18, 2024

Nottingham Forest dropped into the relegation zone Monday after being deducted four points for breaching the Premier League’s profitability and sustainability rules, according to The Athletic’s David Ornstein and Paul Taylor.

Forest are now in 18th place, one point away from safety, with nine games remaining in the season.

The club has seven days to decide whether to appeal the verdict.

Position Team GP GD Pts
15 Brentford 29 -13 26
16 Everton 28 -10 25
17 Luton Town 29 -18 22
18 Nottingham Forest 29 -16 21
19 Burnley 29 -34 17
20 Sheffield United 28 -50 14

Forest are the second team after Everton to have lost points this season over financial breaches. The Toffees were initially docked 10 points for exceeding the Premier League’s £105-million limit on losses over a three-year period. That penalty was later reduced to six points following an appeal.

Manchester City also await a verdict after being charged with an unprecedented 115 financial breaches in February 2023.

Like Everton, Forest admitted they had violated the rules, The Guardian’s Will Unwin reports. The charges stem from the three-year period ending in the 2022-23 season, which was their first in the Premier League in 23 years. The previous two seasons were spent in the second-tier Championship.

Forest spent around £250 million on 42 players after being promoted.

The East Midlands outfit reportedly hoped the sale of homegrown talent Brennan Johnson to Tottenham Hotspur in September would set it on the path toward sustainability, but because the sale occurred after the June 30 deadline for financial reporting, it couldn’t book the estimated £47.5-million fee it received from Spurs in the period in which it accrued those losses.

Forest were reportedly limited to £61 million in losses over the three-year period in question because they were in the Championship for two thirds of it.

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