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18th Mar 2024

Nottingham Forest hit with points deduction after financial fair play breach

Callum Boyle

Forest have been hit with an immediate points deduction

Nottingham Forest have been hit with a four-point deduction for breaching the Premier League’s profit and sustainability rules.

According to The Guardian, an announcement from the Premier League is expected to confirm that the Reds have have been handed an immediate deduction.

Forest are expected to appeal.

What does the table look like now?

Given Forest’s position in the table, the imposed points deduction has had a huge say in what the current table looks like.

Before the deduction, Forest were in 17th place with 25 points while Luton were 18th with 22. Now, because of the deduction, Forest are now in the bottom three and a point behind Luton with 21.

The Premier League table before the points deduction

The East Midlanders admitted to breaching the rules but felt that complicated procedures around the sale of Brennan Johnson played a role.

Having turned down a £30m bid from Brentford, Johnson eventually moved to Spurs in a deal reported to be worth £47.5m however that deal was completed after the league’s  PSR deadline (June 30).

As Johnson was an academy graduate, all of the money was regarded as straight profit for the club.

Premier League clubs are allowed to lose £105m over a three-year period but Forest’s permitted losses were limited to £61m due to spending two of those three years in the Championship – something they tried to argue in their defence.

In the two seasons they’ve been in the top flight, Forest have spent over £250m on over 40 players.

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