Sheffield Wednesday to ‘vigorously defend’ allegations they breached FFP rules over sale of Hillsborough

General view of Hillsborough home of Sheffield Wednesday (Picture: PA)
General view of Hillsborough home of Sheffield Wednesday (Picture: PA)
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Sheffield Wednesday have been charged with breaching EFL rules around financial fair play over the sale of Hillsborough – a claim the club say they will vigourously defend.

The EFL opened an investigation into the Championship club’s profitability and sustainability (P&S) submission for 2017-18 earlier this year and has now issued “a number of charges” in relation to that investigation.

Dejphon Chansiri: Owls chairman whose club are in trouble with the EFL.

Dejphon Chansiri: Owls chairman whose club are in trouble with the EFL.

“The EFL has reviewed a large number of documents obtained from the club as part of this process and concluded there is sufficient evidence to justify issuing charges of misconduct,” a statement from the league read.

“The charges are in respect of a number of allegations regarding the process of how and when the stadium was sold and the inclusion of the profits in the 2017-18 accounts.”

The EFL said the charges would now be considered by an independent disciplinary commission, with sanctions possibly including a points penalty.

The club’s 2018-19 P&S submission remains under review, the league said.

These charges will be vigorously defended and the club will be making no further comment at this time.

Owls statement

The Owls said in a statement: “Sheffield Wednesday note the statement issued by the EFL and the charges contained within.

“These charges will be vigorously defended and the club will be making no further comment at this time.”