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Wayne Rooney's Derby County have received yet another penalty in the form of a nine-point deduction for breaking the EFL's financial rules.
The decision to deduct nine points was announced on the club's official website on Tuesday morning and applied immediately, taking their total penalty to 21 points this season.
Derby's latest punishment puts them bottom of the Championship on -3 points, effectively confirming their relegation status at the end of the season despite their three wins and nine draws.
It comes following an "Agreed Decision" was reached between Derby and the league in response to its breaking of EFL regulations.
Derby have also been handed a suspended three-point deduction which will occur if they do not comply with the "terms of the budget as set out in the Agreed decision" for the remainder of the 2021/22 season.
The Rams were initially docked 12 points for sliding into administration in September, having previously been handed a transfer embargo.
It has also been revealed that Derby have agreed to their dismissal of their appeal of the initial 12 point deduction, with sanctions continuing to apply.
A statement from EFL Chief Executive Trevor Birch read:“The EFL’s objective throughout this ongoing process has been to ensure that the principles of the Regulations were upheld on behalf of all clubs.
"In order to assess the sporting sanction that was applicable to apply to these breaches, previous P&S cases have been carefully reviewed and guidance taken from them. The EFL has also considered the P&S sanction guidelines as well as mitigation put forward by the Club.
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“Given the complex circumstances of the case and the various outstanding regulatory issues between the EFL and Derby County, the League is satisfied at the agreed outcome and the sensible approach taken by both parties in negotiating this outcome and in respect of the appeal withdrawal.
"Our focus is to continue to work with the Joint Administrators to assist them in securing a long-term future for the Club.”
Derby appointed administrators Quantuma in September to run the club as they looked for potential buyers.
Carl Jackson from Quantuma commented: "This has been a difficult matter to navigate bearing in mind the various issues concerned.
"While point deductions are never ideal for any club, it was critical to the club's future that all matters were concluded between the EFL and the club in relation to historical issues.
"This conclusion allows us to proceed with out restructuring strategy for the club with prospective interested parties."
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