Nottingham Forest: Appeal rejected against four-point penalty

Nottingham Forest: Appeal rejected against four-point penalty

7 May 2024 0 By Total Football News

In March, Forest dropped into the Premier League’s relegation zone after the initial points deduction.

The Premier League’s profit and sustainability rules permit clubs to lose £105m over three seasons – or £35m per campaign – but Forest’s maximum loss was limited to £61m as they spent two years of the assessment in the Championship.

The club’s net transfer spend in the 2022-23 season was £142.8m. They lost an average of £3m across 2020 and 2021 with a further £40m loss in 2022 and £52m in 2023, amounting to a total of £95m.

Forest had been due to receive a six-point deduction – three points for the initial breach and a further three for the size of the breach – but their “early plea” and “cooperation” saw the ban reduced to four points.

In November, Everton were docked 10 points for breaching PSR, reduced to six on appeal. The Toffees were hit were a further two-point deduction in March for a second breach, which they have appealed against; however, they are safe from relegation.

The resolution of Forest’s PSR case comes two weeks after their controversial statement on social media following a 2-0 defeat at Everton.

The club have been charged with misconduct by Football Association after the social media post questioned the integrity of the video assistant referee (VAR).

Forest had three penalty claims rejected and the club claimed they told referees body the Professional Game Match Officials Limited (PGMOL) that the game’s video assistant referee (VAR) Stuart Attwell was allegedly a fan of relegation rivals Luton.

Despite the critical post on social media, BBC Sport has been told that Forest did not ask for Attwell to be replaced prior to the match.

Forest host Chelsea on Saturday (17:30 BST) and end the campaign at relegation-threatened Burnley (16:00 BST) on 19 May.

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