City handed 9-point deduction for breaching FFP rules

Birmingham City to be deducted nine points for EFL rule breaches

Birmingham City to be deducted nine points for EFL rule breaches

The Blues, who were beaten 1-0 by Preston North End at Deepdale last Saturday, breached the English Football League's profitability and sustainability regulations and faced a possible 12-point deduction and a transfer ban.

Losses in excess of £13m per year over a three-year period are not accepted under EFL rules.

Birmingham's accounts, upon investigation, revealed a loss of £37.5m for the 2017-'18 season alone, and they were immediately warned that they were likely to go way beyond the permitted limits of spending, going ingo the new season. Currently at 13th spot in the table with 50 points, the Blues will now slip down to 18th spot with 41 points - just five points above relegation.

Birmingham City have been docked nine points after breaching financial rules, the EFL has announced.

"Birmingham City Football Club notes that it has 14 days in which to appeal the decision of the independent Disciplinary Commission and with that in mind we will be making no further comment".

Birmingham can not negotiate a new contract with club captain Michael Morrison, whose current contract expires in the summer, due to a "soft embargo", whereby all major financial issues have to be agreed in advance by the EFL.

Any punishment would be the first under EFL's new Profitability and Sustainability rules, which were introduced at the start of the 2016/17 season.