It could be dark times for Birmingham who could end up on minus points in the coming weeks.
Garry Monk’s Birmingham City side face a potential 12 point reduction after breaking Profitability & Sustainability regulations. The EFL apparently received complaints from other sides in the division because Birmingham were still signing players when under a 'soft' transfer embargo.
The deduction would be the largest point deduction in the Championships’ history and as a result, the relegation candidates would have it all to do if they were to save themselves from the drop.
It took a miraculous turnaround last season and a win against play-off winners Fulham on the last day of the season to stay up but a 12 point deduction would almost seal Birmingham’s fate, who have yet to pick up a win this season.
Bookies have been quick to react to the news, with certain firms now as short as 5-4 for the West Midlands side to end up in League One next season. However, if you shop around, certain firms are still offering 3-1, with no real concrete information to come out that the point deduction will definitely take place.
Oddschecker spokesman George Elek: “Birmingham may well just receive a slap on the wrist and receive a fine but the fact the news has become public, the EFL may look to make an example out of Garry Monk’s side.
Any point reduction would put Birmingham in a difficult position and there is no surprise to see punters backing them to drop into League One next season."