The administrators of second-tier Championship side Derby County have appealed against the 12-point deduction this season after the club entered administration, the English Football League (EFL) said on Monday.
Derby, managed by former England and Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney, filed a notice to appoint administrators last month amid continued financial problems at the club.
Last month 12 points were reduced from Derby’s point-tally, the standard penalty for a club entering administration, which left it at the bottom of the standings.
“As a consequence, this matter has been referred to an independent arbitration panel who will consider representations from both parties before making a determination,” the EFL said in a statement.
“At this current time the club’s points total in the Championship table will remain unchanged.”
Derby is currently 24th with only two points despite three wins and five draws. A successful appeal would take it out of the relegation zone.
In July, Derby was fined 100,000 pounds ($136,310) by an independent disciplinary commission for accounting irregularities and their accounts for 2016, 2017 and 2018 were being re-examined.
Administrators for Derby said there is considerable interest in the Championship side and that while difficult decisions will have to be made, the club has a “viable future”.
($1 = 0.7336 pounds)