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EFL responds to Derby County troubles

The EFL has released a detailed statement covering Derby County’s current administration, saying it “wishes to clarify its position on several points, which are addressed by way of a series of questions and answers with the EFL chief executive Trevor Birch”.

The questions cover a range of issues relating to the club’s perilous position, including ongoing legal action from Middlesbrough and Wycombe Wanderers to recover “claims” which Derby County disputes.

Birch rejected claims that the EFL wants Derby County to be relegated as “completely fabricated and entirely false” and said “role of the league is to act in accordance with its rules, and to seek to find solutions in respect of this regulatory framework”.

“The EFL understands it continues to be a challenging and worrying period for everybody associated with Derby County, especially the staff and supporters, and it is our intention to continue to work proactively with the administrators and relevant stakeholders to find a process which will give clarity quickly,” said Birch.

The EFL says it cannot take a definitive decision on the issue because “this is a complicated set of circumstances that requires consideration of the EFL’s broader role as the body that oversees 72 member clubs and not just those clubs that may be affected at any one time”.

Malcolm Clarke, chair of the FSA, said:

“Our first thoughts are with supporters of Derby County – an historic club and part of the fabric of English football whose fans deserve better than this.

“No club should be allowed to go under because of the actions of a previous owner and all parties must recognise the urgency of the situation given the potential for disaster.

“The FSA has long argued that neither the Premier League nor the EFL can be relied upon to properly self-regulate given they are membership organisations – this is yet another example of that fact.

“The Government must heed the recommendations of the Fan-Led Review and kickstart a truly independent regulator for football with the powers to intervene and prevent owners from reckless spending.”

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