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Nottingham Forest Fail bid to have 4 point deduction overturned

Nottingham Forest have failed in their appeal to overturn their four-point deduction for breaching financial rules in the 2022/23 season.

Forest were slapped with four points by an independent panel appointed by the Premier League in March after admitting a breach of the PSR after spending more than £34.5m over a three-year period.

Under the guidelines, Forest could have received a six-point penalty but were given a less severe punishment by the Premier League due to their “early plea” and “excellent co-operation”.

Forest defended himself at a hearing on April 24, but an independent appeal panel decided to uphold the original punishment.

The Premier League said in a statement that Forest claimed that “the independent panel erred by failing to treat the sale of a high-profile player shortly after the assessment period as a mitigating factor and that in choosing not to suspend. some or all of the point deduction it imposed.”

However, they added that “each of these grounds was rejected by the appeal panel, which found that the independent panel was entitled to immediately impose the penalty it did.”

Forest remain 17th in the table, three points clear of Luton Town and the relegation zone with two games of the season remaining.

The club initially described itself as “extremely dismayed by the tone and content of the Premier League’s submissions” following their deduction, adding that they were “also surprised that the Premier League took no account at all of the club’s unique circumstances and mitigation”. .

According to a report by theathletic.com, Forest claimed they were placed at a serious disadvantage to the other Premier League clubs, who had significantly higher spending limits due to their longevity in the top flight.

Nuno Espirito Santo’s side are next in action against Chelsea at the City Ground on Saturday before the final game of the season at Burnley.

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