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Wigan hit with second four-point deduction by EFL

Published on: 26 May 2023

Wigan Athletic have been given a second four-point deduction for next season after failing to meet an English Football League funding deadline.

It means the Latics will start on minus eight points in League One next season.

Owner Abdulrahman Al-Jasmi failed to lodge the money to cover the club's next wage bill by Wednesday's deadline.

The club were handed an initial four-point deduction last week for two previous late payments, with an extra four-point penalty suspended.

The owner was given extra time to deposit 125% of the forecast monthly wage bill, as stipulated by the EFL's original decision, but by 09:00 BST on Friday had not done so.

"This follows a previous sanction of four points after failing to pay its players' wages on time in March 2023 and May 2023," the EFL said.

"The EFL has spent the past 48 hours in dialogue with the club in an attempt to find a positive outcome to the issue but as of 09:00 BST Friday morning the required funds have not been deposited."

In a statement,external-link Wigan chairman Talal al Hammad said an "eight-figure sum" will land in the club's account "imminently", to ensure "financial stability" until the end of next season.

He outlined the ownership group's future plans for the club, which include a 65% reduction in the wage bill after an "unsustainable wage budget" in their Championship relegation campaign.

More to follow.


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