'Idiocy' - Birmingham City fans react as Championship rival faces points deduction

Reading are the latest Championship club to find themselves in hot water with the EFL over financial breaches.

That’s according to The Telegraph, who today claimed the Royals are in “advanced talks” with the governing body over a points deduction.

The story says they could be docked between six-nine points for breaking profit and sustainability rules.

Reading were placed under a transfer embargo in the summer, which restricted them to signing only free agents and loans, including Alen Halilovic, and just as happened to Birmingham City a few years ago are now facing the loss of points.

Blues were docked nine in the 2018/2019 season after taking their case all the way to a disciplinary commission.

They were then reprimanded for breaching an EFL business plan as the transfer madness of 2017 caught up with them.

Sheffield Wednesday lost six last year over the sale of Hillsborough and this season Derby are also facing a points deduction after going into administration – and potentially a second for their accounting practices.

Reading now seem to have joined the list – which has not escaped the attention of Blues fans.

One said: “I know FFP is way from perfect but given the financial idiocy of those in charge of clubs, the EFL has to praised for taking some action. 4 Championship clubs now been done – sends the right message to owners to behave.”

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Another said: “Alen Halilovic in the mud.”

A third asked: “How many clubs need to be punished before we start looking at the EFL’s rules? Getting ridiculous now.”

And a fourth noted: “As a Birmingham fan I’m glad clubs like Derby, Reading and Sheffield Wednesday are finally getting punished too.”

The current rules mean clubs are not allowed to exceed losses of £39million over any three-year period.

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