Nottingham Forest lose appeal against Premier League points penalty

Nottingham Forest have failed in their appeal against a four-point penalty for breaching Premier League financial rules, the English leaders announced on Tuesday.

The club was hit with a sanction by an independent commission in March for breaching the £61m ($76m) profitability and sustainability (PSR) threshold by £34.5m.

Forest quickly indicated their intention to appeal, but an independent appeals panel upheld the original punishment, which covers a three-year assessment period ending in the 2022-23 season.

It means the 17th-placed club remain on 29 points, three points above the relegation zone, with two games left to play.

Forest sought a reduced sentence as they believed the original commission should have taken into account the big-money sale of Brennan Johnson to Tottenham two months after the end of the financial year ending in 2023 as a mitigating factor.

They also felt that the original panel made a mistake by not suspending the sanction in whole or in part.

A statement published on the Premier League website said: “The club argued 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 other error in choosing not to suspend some or all of the point deduction it imposed.

“Each of these grounds was rejected by the appeal panel, which found that the independent panel was entitled to immediately apply the penalty it did.

“The four point deduction will therefore remain in place.”

In November, Everton received 10 points for breaching the PSR, reduced to six on appeal, while a separate two-point deduction imposed on the club for a separate breach is under appeal.

The Goodison Park club are now out of relegation danger after a string of good results.

Premier League clubs are usually allowed maximum losses of £105 million over a three-year assessment period, but this is reduced by £22 million per season for any season during their time in the Championship.

Two-time European champions Forest were promoted to the Premier League in May 2022, meaning two seasons of their three-year assessment period were as a second-tier club.


© Agence France-Presse

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