Nick De Marco breaks silence on Nottingham Forest FFP case with ‘much worse’ claim

Leading sports lawyer Nick De Marco has spoken for the first time about representing Nottingham Forest in their Financial Fair Play case this season.

The Reds hired De Marco when they were charged by the Premier League for breaching its Profit and Sustainability Rules, as they sought to avoid a points deduction. The club were ultimately given a four-point penalty which plunged their survival in the Premier League into major doubt.

Their status in the top-flight was all but confirmed just over a week ago and Nuno Espirito Santo’s side made certain they will be in the Premier League again next season with a 2-1 win at Burnley on the final day of the campaign, finishing six points above the relegation zone in 17th place.

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Responding to a post on social media platform X by Forest after the final whistle at Turf Moor, De Marco said: “Delighted for (Forest) deserved Premier League survival!

“For professional reasons I have avoided speaking about the PSR cases I acted in the Club in.

“But two things strike me now the season is over.

“First, it’s worth recalling the PL originally said the starting point for the Club should have been -8 points. The Club got this down 2 by co-operation & another 2 at the hearing to 4 - it could have been much worse had the Club not done as is it did in the case.

“Second, and most importantly, despite being an indirect beneficiary of the contrary, I always believe it’s far better for relegation & promotion to be determined by performances on the pitch and not legal hearings behind closed doors. Well done Nottingham Forest for doing so today."

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