- EFL deduct nine points from Birmingham after being found guilty of breaching FFP rule
- The Blues are now five points above relegation zone with eight matches to the end of the season
- Gary Monk's men were said to have overspent in the last three seasons
English Championship side Birmingham City have been handed nine deduction after being found guilty of breaching Financial Fair Play regulations.
The Blues were found guilty of "breaching profitability and sustainability" FFP rules over the last three seasons.
Gary Monk's men are now 18th on the log with 41 points - five points above relegation zone with eight matches to wrap up the season. They were originally 13th on the log with 50 points.
According to Sky Sports, the St Andrew's Stadium outfit are said to have spent well over £39 million allowable losses over a three-year period (up to the end of the financial year, 2018).
Meanwhile, the club's books for the 2017/2018 campaign showed a loss of £37.5m for that single season.
With the present situation, Birmingham will have to battle seriously to avoid relegation from the Championship at the end of this season.
The points deduction is the only punishment the Blues will face as they have been able to escape economic sanctions or transfer embargo.
Any punishment would be the first under the EFL's new Profitability and Sustainability rules that were introduced at the start of the 2016/17 season.
It would be seen as a landmark ruling and one that will set a precedent for any future punishments for other clubs who fall foul of the EFL's financial rules.
The publication however reveals the club feels unfairly treated after been handed such punishment.
Legit.ng earlier reported that West Bromwich Albion have sacked their manager Darren Moore immediately after their 1-1 draw with struggling Ipswich Town.
The draw left the Baggies in fourth place on the Championship table and nine points off automatic promotion spot.
Moore took over from Alan Pardew during West Brom's relegation struggle in the Premier League in April 2018 and was given a permanent when they dropped into the Championship.
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