Soccer-Derby administrators appeal 12-point deduction

FILE PHOTO: Soccer Football - Championship - Derby County v Swansea City - Pride Park, Derby, Britain - October 2, 2021 Derby County manager Wayne Rooney Action Images/Jason Cairnduff

(Reuters) - The administrators of second-tier Championship side Derby County have lodged an appeal against the 12-point deduction this season after the club entered administration, the English Football League (EFL) said on Monday.

Derby, managed by former England and Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney, filed a notice to appoint administrators last month amid continued financial problems at the club.

Last month Derby were docked 12 points, the standard penalty for a club entering administration, which left them bottom of the standings.

"As a consequence, this matter has been referred to an independent arbitration panel who will consider representations from both parties before making a determination," the EFL said in a statement.

"At this current time the club's points total in the Championship table will remain unchanged."

Derby are currently 24th with only two points despite three wins and five draws. A successful appeal would take them out of the relegation zone.

In July, Derby were fined 100,000 pounds ($136,310) by an independent disciplinary commission for accounting irregularities and their accounts for 2016, 2017 and 2018 were being re-examined.

Administrators for Derby said there is considerable interest in the Championship side and that while difficult decisions will have to be made, the club have a "viable future".

($1 = 0.7336 pounds)

(Reporting by Rohith Nair in Bengaluru; Editing by Christian Radnedge)

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