Birmingham to be deducted nine points for breaking Financial Fair Play rules
BIRMINGHAM are set to be given a nine-point deduction over a breach of Financial Fair Play rules, according to reports.
The Championship side will be thrust into a relegation battle with the punishment for over-spending and signing £2million Pedersen under a "soft embargo".
The latest blow comes just a week after Birmingham were charged by the FA over the horror Jack Grealish attack.
An EFL hearing looked into the financial mayhem at St Andrew's – and ruled it warranted a nine-point deduction.
That means Birmingham will slip from 13th in the table to 18th – just five points above Rotherham in 22nd.
The punishment comes after the Blues forked out £2m to capture Danish defender Pedersen – much to the anger of fellow clubs in the division.
Birmingham, owned by Trillion Trophy Asia, had been hit with a transfer ban having fallen foul of the league's financial rules aimed at sustainability and profitability.
They had been hit with the ban at the end of last season having exceeded to total amount in permitted losses of £39m over a three-year period.
Yet the club went ahead with the signing of left-back Pedersen from Union Berlin in June 2018 – claiming they were only operating under a "soft" embargo.
It's just the latest frustration for the Midlanders – after fan Paul Mitchell, 27, was jailed for punching Grealish in a heated Second City derby
Mitchell was derided as an “embarrassment” by his own family and friends after smacking Jack Grealish.
The father-of-one is facing a life ban from football after being arrested for his shocking outburst on live TV.
Mitchell was also jailed for 14 weeks for the senseless thump.
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