Nottingham Forest appeal for points deduction rejected

Nottingham Forest have had their appeal against a four-point penalty for breaching profitability and sustainability rules dismissed.

After the club’s case was heard on 24 April, an appeal panel upheld the original decision of the independent panel which imposed the points deduction.

Forest losses were found to have exceeded the 2022-23 season threshold of £61m by £34.5m.

The result of the appeal means Forest remain in 17th place in the Premier League, three points ahead of Luton Town, who are third and last in the relegation zone. Nuno Espirito Santo’s side moved three points clear of danger on Saturday after beating already relegated Sheffield United 3-1.

Forest initially fell into the relegation zone when their points deduction was announced in March and Santo was confident after his side’s defeat to Manchester City last week that a resolution was just around the corner.

Usually the threshold for losses over three seasons is set at £105m, but due to Forest being in the Championship for two years, their maximum loss was capped at £61m. Their losses totaled £95m after losing £3m in 2020 and 2021, £40m in 2022 and £52m in 2023, their net spending in the season past amounting to £142.8 million.

The original deduction was six points, but due to Forest’s “early plea” and “cooperation”, their ban was reduced to four points.

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