Birmingham backed for the drop with potential 12 point deduction

Birmingham backed for the drop with potential 12 point deduction

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."