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Wigan Athletic enter administration and face points penalty

Just weeks after being taken over Wigan Athletic have entered into administration and are now facing points deductions as their Championship season comes to a close.

The club sit seven points clear of relegation in 14th place at the moment. Should they avoid the drop, the 12 point penalty will be applied to their final 2019-20 tally, meaning they face a real risk of relegation with just six games remaining.

If the club were to finish the season in the bottom three, any EFL sanction would be applied to the start of their League One campaign next season.

Already Wigan Athletic Supporters’ Club have started fundraising should the worst happen and fans need to step in to save the club – at the time of writing just under £20,000 had been raised. Chair of the group Caroline Molyneux said: “As supporters we must try to focus on the immediate priority that is fulfilling our fixtures for the current season.

“Without this we cease to be a football club in the EFL and there are steps we can take to ensure our future at least in the short term so that a buyer can be found in the longer term.”

The FSA will be speaking to the Progress With Unity Wigan Athletic Podcast this evening to talk about the club’s issues – so keep an eye (or ear) out for that.

Wigan Athletic are the first EFL club to enter into administration since the beginning of the COVID-19 lockdown in the spring and resumption of the 2019-20 season behind closed doors last month.

Funding partners

  • The Football Association
  • Premier Leage Fans Fund

Partners

  • Gamble Aware
  • Co-operatives UK
  • FSE
  • Kick It Out
  • Level Playing Field
  • Living Wage Foundation
  • Pledgeball