EFL to Appeal 'Lenient' Bolton Punishment

  • November 22, 2019 | By Chris Mann
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The EFL are to appeal a punishment handed to Bolton Wanderers for the non-fulfilment of fixtures, saying a fine and suspended points deduction is 'too lenient'.

The charge relates to a Championship fixture last April, in which the Bees were awarded a 1-0 victory after the University of Bolton Stadium was forced to close by security officials, as well as a League One clash with Doncaster Rovers in August which was postponed without permission.

After the league body and club put forward their individual cases, an independent Disciplinary Commission decided Wanderers would be charged £70,000 - 50% of which was to be suspended for 18 months - and a five-point deduction which would also be suspended until the end of next season.

Supporters of rival clubs have criticised the decision and the EFL have announced they will seek heavier sanctions.

Speaking to EFL.com, a spokesperson said: "The EFL is disappointed by the conclusions reached by the independent Disciplinary Commission in respect of Bolton Wanderers and it is the firm view of the League that the sanction imposed is too lenient when consideration is given to all the circumstances of the case.

"Given the potential for postponements to have a significant impact on competition integrity and, following receipt of advice overnight on the reasons provided, the League will appeal the outcome in the strongest possible sense."

In response to the EFL statement, Wanderers chairman Sharon Brittan revealed the club will continue to fight their case, saying: "We are naturally very disappointed by this outcome as we had hoped a line had been drawn and we'd be able to move on.

"We will vehemently defend any appeal."

A new independent panel is expected to be collated for the appeal, where the EFL and Bolton will once again put forward their individual cases.

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