No interference with on-field matters - Wigan Athletic administrator
That's the message from Gerald Krasner of insolvency practitioner Begbies Traynor, who is charged with the task of finding a buyer and securing the future of the club.
Latics are 14th at present with six games to go.
If they finish outside the bottom three then the 12-point deduction - if not appealed - would apply to the 2019-20 table.
If they are relegated, the deduction would apply at the start of their 2020-21 Sky Bet League One campaign.
Krasner did not rule out the possibility of an appeal, adding: "There are rights of appeal in unusual circumstances, it's called force majeure.
"I've not yet had the letter from the Football League, I've seen what they have said publicly, but until I've seen the letter and consider it with my lawyers I'm not sure how we're going to deal with this and I couldn't possibly tell you today what's going to happen."
He does anticipate other clubs in the EFL encountering similar problems to Wigan.
"It's my personal view that there a number of clubs in the lower divisions, Leagues One or Two, that may not survive by coming back, and there is possibly at least one more Championship club that may seriously be thinking about doing the same (as Wigan)," he said.