Sam Morsy may never get over Wigan Athletic's 'unfair' relegation
Wigan Athletic finished two points off safety in the Championship last term - having been deducted 12 points for entering administration in July.
Speaking candidly about the saga, Morsy branded the EFL's response as "poor" and the punishment unfair.
And the Egypt international, now at Middlesbrough, told the i newspaper: "It was really hard to take. It’s something I’ll probably never get over from a professional point of view because there was just no fairness in it.
“The club should have survived [relegation] and should be a Championship club now. Wigan didn’t cheat, they didn’t try to bend the rules, they didn’t try to use anything for gain. They didn’t sign any players for money in January or anything.”
Morsy joined Latics from Chesterfield in 2016 and became a firm fans' favourite over four years with the club.
He says the severity of their plunge into administration quickly became evident when staff members lost their jobs.
"It was just a really awful time for the whole club and there was nothing you could do about it," he added.