Championship clubs have FFP concern as ‘five to six’ clubs could face points deductions

Championship clubs are reportedly fearing breaching Financial Fair Play rules, and are nervous that they will have to start next season with points deductions as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. The Daily Mail reports that five or six teams are set to offload players in order to balance books.

The state of the current Championship season is still unknown.

With Leeds United on the brink of promotion back to the Premier League, the league is currently suspended.

But promotion and relegation aren’t the only two things that need to be sorted out.

The current period for a club’s profit and sustainability report (P&S) will end on June 30, according to the Mail.

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At that point, teams will have to prove that they do not have losses of more than £39million.

Otherwise, they will face punishments, including potential points deductions.

And if that is still the case, the same report claims that as many as six clubs will be in breach of the rules.

Teams had apparently been planning on selling players at the start of June in order to balance the books.

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But that doesn’t seem likely now, with the transfer window unlikely to start on its previously scheduled date.

Instead, clubs will apparently ask for an exemption to the rules given the exceptional circumstances, in order to prevent a points deduction.

However, that plan doesn’t appear to be popular with everybody, as the Mail cites a team executive claiming that an exemption would simply be an opportunity to sidestep punishment for breaking the rules.

The unnamed executive stated: “There is a feeling there are some who have overspent and are now looking to wriggle out of P&S.

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“If they have broken the rules, they should be punished.”

The transfer window is likely to be pushed back as a result of the football season being suspended.

Play is still postponed indefinitely, and it seems unlikely that the window will open on June 30.

The EFL still intends to conclude the season on the pitch, though it is not expected football will return for at least another six weeks.

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