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Derby fans can breathe easy as EFL decision confirms their place in Championship

The EFL have decided not to appeal against an independent commission’s decision on financial irregularities at Derby County.

It means the Rams’ place in next season’s Championship is finally confirmed. That brings to an end a two-month wait for Derby’s supporters, who have had to endure all sorts of rumours and whisperings regarding the club’s future.

Wayne Rooney’s side finished last season fourth-bottom, a point clear of Wycombe. That was thanks to a pulsating final day 3-3 draw with Sheffield Wednesday.

Following the conclusion of the season it was confirmed County were to be fined £100,000. They were also warned about their future conduct whilst the EFL weighed up whether to appeal that decision and press for a further punishment.

Derby County players celebrated with fans outside the stadium on the final day of last season

A points deduction would have retrospectively demoted them instead of Wycombe.

But the EFL has now confirmed it will not be appealing the decision.

A statement said: “While the EFL does not agree that those sanctions are commensurate to the breaches found, following consultation with our legal advisors, the EFL Board has regrettably determined that there are insufficient grounds to appeal the sanction imposed by the Independent Disciplinary Commission.

“As a consequence of the EFL’s decision not to appeal, the divisional placings for season 2021/22 are to remain in accordance with the fixture list issued on 24 June 2021.”

The League had issued ‘interchangeable’ lists last month, in the event Derby were punished further and went into League One.

There is still one worry on the horizon for the club though. They must re-publish their accounts for 2016, 2017 and 2018 by August 18.

If they are found to have breached profit and sustainability rules again then they would be punished, most likely with a points deduction.

For now though, Derby can now properly plan for their season opener on August 7 when they welcome Huddersfield to Pride Park.

Rooney did suffer a blow on the playing front yesterday when Martyn Waghorn, who was instrumental in that survival thriller on the final day, confirmed his move to Coventry City.

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