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Nottingham Forest unsuccessful in their appeal against four-point deduction

Ever since their promotion back to the Premier League, few clubs have spent as much money as Nottingham Forest with their transfer fees alone crossing the £300 million mark. It saw the club breach the Premier League’s profitability and sustainability rules (PSR). That came at a cost with Forest deducted four points from their current season while Everton were deducted six.

However, Forest, like Everton, appealed their decision and while the Toffees managed to reduce their deduction from 10 points to 6 points, Forest were yet to hear from the ruling. That has kept fans and critics alike in tension over the club’s future especially with them in a relegation battle. The club currently sit in 17th place on the league table, three points above the drop zone with two games left.

Nottingham Forest unsuccessful in their appeal

However, following their win over Sheffield United, reports had indicated that Forest had heard back from the appeals board and that their appeal was reportedly unsuccessful. The Premier League has now confirmed that via an official statement. Additionally, the Athletic have reported that the league handed the club a lower sentence, as it should have been a six point deduction.

But Forest’s early plea and co-operation factored in, which the appeals board took into consideration when they ruled to uphold the original penalty. The statement read that the PSR sanction applied to the 2022/23 season and that the club argued that the commission committed the error while the appeals board found nothing wrong.

“An independent Appeal Board has upheld the decision of a Commission to deduct four points from Nottingham Forest following an admitted breach of the Premier League’s Profitability and Sustainability Rules (PSR),” reads the report on the Premier League’s website.

“The PSR sanction applied to the assessment period ending Season 2022/23 and was appealed by the club on two grounds. The club argued that the independent Commission committed an error in not treating its sale of a high-profile player shortly after the assessment period as a mitigating factor, and that it committed a further error in electing not to suspend some or all of the points deduction it imposed.

“Each of these grounds was rejected by the Appeal Board, which found the independent Commission was entitled to immediately impose the sanction it did. The four-point deduction will therefore remain in place.”

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