There is sufficient evidence to charge Sheffield Wednesday with misconduct over the sale of Hillsborough, the EFL insists.
The League opened an investigation into the Championship club’s profitability and sustainability submission for the 2017/18 campaign and has issued ‘a number of charges’.
Wednesday allegedly registered a £38million profit from the stadium sale to a company owned by club chairman Dejphon Chansiri in the wrong year to avoid breaking financial fair play rules.
The Owls could face a points deduction if they are found guilty of the charges.
An EFL spokesperson said: “As a result of the disciplinary proceedings announced last month, it would clearly be inappropriate to provide specific comment on matters linked to our comprehensive investigation other than to reiterate that, following the review of a large number of documents provided by the club – some of those seen for the first time – evidence came to light to justify multiple charges of misconduct.”
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The Owls have informed the EFL the charges were ‘unlawful’ and had documents to support their claim.
Earlier this week a Wednesday statement read: “The club has reserved all of its rights against the EFL and will take all such actions as are necessary to protect its rights and integrity, and those of its current and former officers, including in relation to inaccurate reporting.
“The club has also notified the EFL that it stands ready to bring a claim against the EFL to obtain compensation for its conduct.
“The club maintains that it consulted with the relevant executive officers of the EFL in connection with the stadium transaction and that it acted in good faith.
“The club has in its possession numerous emails, letters and other documents in which the EFL gave authorisation to the transaction, and on which authorisation the club understood it could rely.
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“That authorisation gave rise in law to a legitimate expectation that the transaction would be accepted by the EFL, which is binding on the EFL.
“The EFL is acting in breach of that binding legitimate expectation by retrospectively treating as misconduct that which it had itself previously authorised, and this makes the charges themselves unlawful.
“The club is accordingly bringing its own claim against the EFL to establish that it is acting unlawfully, as well as standing ready, if necessary, to vigorously defend the charges.”