Sunderland may be in the middle of a relegation battle but it looks like things are about to go from bad to worse for the Wearsiders.
In a bizarre turn of events, the FA have deducted 9 points from the Black Cat’s tally after failing to submit their financial reports by the March 31st deadline.
Maintaining their Premier League status was already going to be a big struggle for them but now it seems like a near impossible task as they seem doomed to return to the 2nd tier of English football.
With only a handful of games left to play they will need a miracle.
FA spokesman, Jim Keegan (we assure you he is no relation to Kevin, but his name does make this news even more enjoyable for Newcastle fans) stated,
All clubs in every English professional football division are aware of the rules regarding financial fair-play. Many of these rules are put in place for the financial safety of the clubs. It is essential that clubs co-operate and this includes submitting reports on time. Sunderland, like every other club, are aware of this and their failure to keep within the rules has resulted in a penalty in the form of points deduction in the Premier League.
As of yet there is no official response from Sunderland AFC, who are likely to appeal seeing as the penalty will have such a huge impact on their chances of Premier League survival. However, Keegan went on to say that although they have the right to appeal, a retraction of the penalty is highly unlikely due to the rules being so clear.