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Nottingham Forest deducted four points for breaching Premier League PSR rules

Nottingham Forest deducted four points for breaching Premier League PSR rules

Nottingham Forest have been docked four points after breaching the Premier League's Profitability and Sustainability Rules (PSR).

Forest drop into the relegation zone as a result of the sanction and are a point behind Luton, who move out of the bottom three, with nine matches remaining.

The Midlands club were charged in January for breaching the Premier League's PSR for the assessment period ending 2022-23.

The Premier League confirmed that Forest have admitted breaching PSR by £34.5 million above their permitted threshold of £61 million.

Clubs are typically permitted maximum losses of £105 million over a three-year assessment period, although this is reduced by £22 million for any seasons in the timeframe spent in the Championship.

Forest have a week to appeal against the deduction and it is understood that the club are consulting with their lawyers to decide on their next steps.

A Premier League statement read: "An independent commission has applied an immediate four-point deduction to Nottingham Forest FC for a breach of the Premier League's Profitability and Sustainability Rules (PSRs) for the period ending Season 2022/23.

"Nottingham Forest was referred to an independent commission on January 15, following an admission by the club that it had breached the relevant PSR threshold of £61m by £34.5m. The threshold was lower than £105m as the club spent two seasons of the assessment period in the EFL Championship.

"The case was heard in accordance with new Premier League rules, which provide an expedited timetable for PSR cases to be resolved in the same season the complaint is issued.

"The independent commission determined the sanction following a two-day hearing this month, at which the club had the opportunity to detail a range of mitigating factors. The commission found that the club had demonstrated 'exceptional cooperation' in its dealings with the Premier League throughout the process."

Forest aren't the first club to fall foul of PSR rules this season after Everton received a 10-point penalty for a breach in November, although this was later reduced to six on appeal.

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