Nuno sets out Nottingham Forest points deduction expectation as appeal decision due

Nottingham Forest head coach Nuno Espirito Santo
Nottingham Forest head coach Nuno Espirito Santo -Credit:Getty

Head coach Nuno Espirito Santo has hit out at the length of time Nottingham Forest are having to wait for the outcome of their appeal hearing over their points deduction.

The Reds were back in front of an independent commission last Wednesday as they challenged their four-point deduction for breaching financial rules. They are still waiting to discover if they have been successful in getting any points back.

There is no set timescale for a verdict from the hearing, but Forest had expected to receive a decision within a week. Having had the saga hanging over them since January, when they were charged with breaking Profitability and Sustainability Rules, Nuno has always been keen to have the matter resolved as soon as possible.

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“Unfortunately we haven’t heard yet. We are expecting, but not yet,” he said ahead of Saturday’s clash with Sheffield United.

“It is very difficult. We have been dealing with this situation for a while.

“We all expected the decision to come sooner so we are aware and we know exactly how many points we have. Do we have 30, 29, 28, 27? We need it as fast as possible. These are the things the club is dealing with, not us.

“Thirty (points) would be fantastic because this is what the players have achieved on the pitch. I totally agree, it is a mess, they have had enough time.

“It's a mess, it's very difficult not only for us but for all the league, especially the clubs that are involved in points deduction. It's very difficult to deal with this.”

The Premier League put a backstop date of May 24 - five days after the final round of fixtures for this season - in place for resolving the cases of Forest and Everton as both clubs have appealed against their punishments. However, they recently announced that a decision on the latter would be made public before May 19.

Everton have challenged their two-point deduction for a second PSR breach. The Toffees have already had a 10-point deduction reduced to six on appeal this term.

Whether or not the Reds are successful in their appeal could affect their position in the table. They currently sit one point above 18th-placed Luton Town with three games of the season remaining.

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