EXCLUSIVE: Wigan will start next season on MINUS FOUR points as the crisis-struck club are punished by the EFL for failing to pay players on time for the fifth occasion this season
- Wigan have been punished by the EFL for failing to play wages on time again
- The crisis club were relegated from the Championship after a difficult season
- And will start their next campaign on minus points after a deduction was applied
Crisis club Wigan have been deducted four points for next season after failing to pay their players on time for a fifth occasion.
The Lancashire outfit, relegated from the Championship, will start their League One campaign on minus four Following ‘further breaches of EFL regulations’, a league spokesperson confirmed.
They will also receive a further four-point penalty, although that will be suspended for a year. Should owner Abdulrahman Al Jasmi fail to deposit an amount totalling 125 per cent of the club’s monthly wage bill in a designated account, the sanction will be triggered.
It will also be activated should the club fail to pay its players on time between now and the end of June next year. The EFL have also deducted a further three points from this season’s campaign, meaning Wigan’s final total is now 39 points.
Mail Sport revealed on a number of occasions that the club, which won the FA Cup 10 years ago, had been late with wages leaving some players considering their futures.
Wigan Athletic have been deducted four points after failing to pay staff on time for a fifth occasion this season
Wigan have failed to pay their players on five separate occasions throughout the season
It is understood a summer of player sales lies ahead should they make it to the start of the new season.
The EFL announcement further explained their ruling, adding in a follow-on part of the statement that read: ‘In addition, the Club has also had a further three points deducted from its 2022/23 Championship total for the late payment of players’ wages in March 2023 resulting in their final total being 39 points.
‘Mr Al Jasmi was also charged with Misconduct and fined £10,000 for failing to comply with the terms of the Agreed Decision.
‘Both Mr Al Jasmi and the Club have accepted the sanctions, which have been ratified by an independent Disciplinary Commission, and have agreed to pay all associated costs.
‘In January, the Club was charged with Misconduct after it paid its players late on three occasions in June, July and October 2022. Accordingly, it was sanctioned with a suspended three-point deduction and entered an Agreed Decision with the League.
‘The suspended sanction was activated in March when the Club failed to meet its contractual obligations with its players and breached the terms of the Agreed Decision when Mr Al Jasmi failed to deposit 125% of the Club’s forecast of its monthly wage bill into a designated account.’
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