Wigan Athletic accept suspended points deduction for late payment of wages

Wigan Athletic have accepted a suspended three-point deduction after reaching an ‘Agreed Decision’ with the EFL in relation to three late payments of wages last year.

The threat of a points deduction will remain valid for 12 months in the event of a further breach.

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Owners Phoenix 2021 Ltd must also deposit an amount equal to 125 per cent of the forecast monthly wage bill into a designated club account for calling upon in the event of any future delay.

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Latics notified the EFL, following Football League regulations, that they were late with the payment of wages in June, July and October 2022.

As a result, the EFL charged the club with misconduct for failing to comply with Regulation 64.7.

Regulation 86 allows the EFL and a club to enter an 'Agreed Decision', where it is appropriate in the circumstances to conclude a matter effectively and equitably without referring the matter to a disciplinary commission.