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Premier League: Forest’s four-point deduction upheld by independent Appeals Panel

Nottingham Forest have failed in their appeal to overturn a four-point deduction for breaching the Premier League’s profit and sustainability rules (PSR) in the 2022-23 season, the league announced on Tuesday.

Forest lodged the appeal after March’s deduction left them vulnerable to a relegation threat. They are currently in 17th place with 29 points, three points above the bottom three with two games to go.

“An independent appeal panel has upheld a panel’s decision to deduct four points from Nottingham Forest following an admitted breach of the Premier League’s profitability and sustainability rules,” the league said in a statement.

Forest admitted they breached their £61m ($76.51m) maximum loss threshold by £34.5m, according to the Premier League.

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England’s top clubs are allowed to lose £105m over three seasons. However, two years of Forest’s assessment period were spent in the second-tier Championship, meaning they could only lose a maximum of £61m.

Forest argued that the panel should have considered the sale of striker Brennan Johnson after the assessment period as a “mitigating factor” and suspended some or all of the points deducted.

“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. The four-point deduction will therefore remain in place,” the Premier League said.

Forest host Chelsea on Saturday and finish their season at Burnley on May 19.

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