Championship side Wigan Athletic handed immediate points deduction
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Championship strugglers Wigan Athletic have been hit with an immediate points deduction.
Over the last few months, reports have circulated that the former Premier League side have failed to pay wages to their players due to their ongoing financial problems.
As a result, they were bound to be hit with punishments from the English Football League. Now, a decision has been made.
In a statement, Wigan said: "The EFL has informed Wigan Athletic that it has, with immediate effect, been deducted three points from the 2022/23 Championship table after the Club has failed to pay player salaries in March 2023.
"The Club had previously been charged and sanctioned for failing to adhere to the terms of the Standard Contracts that were in force between the Club and its Players in the months of June 2022, July 2022 and October 2022.
This latest infringement by the Club to meet its obligations means the terms of the Agreed Decision the Club entered into with the EFL in January 2023 has been breached and the application of the suspended sporting sanction has been automatically triggered.
"In a further breach of the Agreed Decision, the Club’s owner has failed to deposit an amount equal to 125% of its forecast monthly wage bill in a designated Club account. This had been a key term of the Agreed Decision to help prevent the Club breaching EFL Regulations again, should there be future delays in the processing of overseas payments."
Statement | EFL confirm immediate three point deduction.— Wigan Athletic (@LaticsOfficial) March 20, 2023
New charges referred to an independent disciplinary commission.
"Separately, new charges have now been issued to the Club following this latest instance of non-payment of player wages and for not complying with the Agreed Decision. The Club’s owner will also be charged with misconduct, with the matter to be referred to an Independent Disciplinary Commission.
"The Club notes the EFL statement and charge and will issue a further update on the current wage situation in due course."
As a result, Wigan will now only have 31 points at the bottom of the Championship table, eight points behind Cardiff City in 21st place.
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