Blackpool AVOID points deduction after February’s appointment of joint receivers


Blackpool AVOID points deduction after February’s appointment of joint receivers

Blackpool will not face a points deduction following February’s appointment of joint receivers, the English Football League has confirmed.

Under EFL rules, clubs that experience an ‘insolvency event’ – such as being placed in administration – are usually subject to a 12-point deduction.

Blackpool have avoided a point deduction

This is normally seen as having gained an unfair advantage by shedding debts other better-run clubs have met.

The appointment of receivers by a judge – in this case to force through the League One club’s sale to settle former owner Owen Oyston’s £25million debt to former business partner Valeri Belokon – could have been viewed in this light.

But the EFL board has decided this is a special case, unrelated to the club’s actual financial position, and the points penalty was therefore ‘not applicable’.