‘Genuinely sinister’ claim as verdict delivered on Nottingham Forest appeal decision

Nottingham Forest’s four-point penalty for breaching Premier League financial rules has been upheld by an independent appeal board.

The club was hit with the original sanction by an independent commission for breaching permitted losses by £34.5m in the assessment period ending with the 2022-23 season. They quickly indicated their intention to appeal, but the panel upheld the original penalty.

With two games of the season to go, the decision means Forest remain on 29 points, three above the relegation zone. Luton are next worst off, actually in the drop zone on 26 points, closely followed by Burnley on 24. This weekend, the three clubs play Chelsea (h), West Ham (a) and Tottenham (a). Then Forest and Burnley clash at Turf Moor on the final day.

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News of the appeal decision has prompted comments from fans of rival clubs, particularly relegation-threatened Burnley and Luton Town, but also Everton and Arsenal.

Here is a taste of what they have been saying on social media…

Burnley FC: So the points deductions to Everton and Forest have made no difference whatsoever to them. Well that’s a great deterrent for all other teams.

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