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Nottingham Forest appeal four-point deduction for Premier League spending breach

Nottingham Forest owner Evangelos Marinakis
Forest's owner Evangelos Marinakis is furious with the sanction and will press ahead with an appeal - Mike Egerton/PA Wire

Nottingham Forest are launching an appeal against their four-point deduction for breaching the Premier League’s financial rules.

Forest’s owner Evangelos Marinakis is ready to contest the decision with the club to notify the league formally of their plans, following advice from his legal team.

Marinakis was furious last Monday after the deduction plunged Forest into the relegation zone.

Forest were found to have breached the league’s Profitability and Sustainability Rules (PSR) and the club issued a strong statement outlining how they were “extremely dismayed” with the verdict.

Premier League clubs can lose £105m over three seasons, but Forest’s maximum loss was only permitted to be £61m because they spent two years of the assessment period in the Championship.

It was initially argued that Forest should be docked eight points before mitigation, with a reduction to six, as the breach was significantly larger than in Everton’s case.

However, that was further reduced to four points as the club had displayed “exceptional co-operation” during the process.

Following talks between sports lawyer Nick De Marco KC and Forest officials, it has now been decided that the club will contest the punishment.

An appeal could threaten to spill over into the final month of the season and there is a possibility that another independent commission would have regarded the four-point deduction as too lenient.

Yet Forest remain frustrated with the judgment and believe their mitigation over Brennan Johnson’s sale to Tottenham was, in their view, overlooked or even ignored.

Forest argued that they banked a higher fee by waiting until later in last summer’s transfer window but the independent commission ruled that the timing was outside the financial year.

With nine games remaining in their season, Forest are determined to adopt a siege mentality as they push for survival.

Ahead of this weekend’s visit of Crystal Palace, Forest’s head coach Nuno Espirito Santo is expected to issue a rallying call for unity.

Forest are currently third bottom of the table, one point below Luton Town.

Everton’s hearing over their second PSR breach will start today, with the club appearing before a three-person independent commission.

It is expected to last until Wednesday with Everton hopeful of avoiding another points deduction in the season. In November they were docked ten points, which was reduced to six after an appeal.

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