Shock Nottingham Forest points deduction appeal decision emerges

Nottingham Forest's City Ground
Nottingham Forest's City Ground -Credit:Getty

Nottingham Forest have reportedly been unsuccessful in their appeal over their points deduction for breaking financial regulations.

In March, the Reds were docked four points for falling foul of the Premier League’s Profitability and Sustainability Rules. However, the club appealed and were back in front of an independent commission for their appeal hearing almost a fortnight ago, on April 24.

According to The Athletic, the independent commission has decided to uphold the original punishment. It means Forest will remain in 17th place, three points above the relegation zone with two games to play.

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The outcome of the hearing will at least mean the club clarity over where they stand in the table. Head coach Nuno Espirito Santo has said the uncertainty hanging over the club since being charged in January has affected his players.

The Portuguese recently admitted: “We cannot get away from that. We cannot hide ourselves. These things that we say about let’s ignore the noise - the noise is there every day.

“When someone takes something from you, you are disappointed and upset, for sure. It is so hard to earn points in the Premier League, and when they take them away from you, you feel it. You have to react.

“It's a point of distraction. It doesn’t just happen one day, it’s continuous because every day there is something out about what can change - maybe we get the points back, maybe they take some. All these things are what causes the problem.”

Top-flight clubs are permitted maximum losses of £105 million across a rolling three-year period, with this figure reduced to £61m for promoted teams. Forest were found to have breached their limit by £34.5m.

Nuno's side took a big step towards safety last weekend when they beat already-relegated Sheffield United 3-1. They are next in action on Saturday, when they host Chelsea at the City Ground.

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