Iheanacho and Ndidi handed Premier League promotion boost as Leicester City escape points deduction

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Iheanacho and Ndidi handed Premier League promotion boost as Leicester City escape points deduction

Ayoola Kelechi 11:41 - 13.04.2024

Leicester City will reportedly not face a points deduction this season even if they are found guilty of financial breaches

In a significant development for Leicester City and their aspirations for a Premier League return, the English Football League (EFL) has clarified that the club cannot be deducted any points in the second-tier Championship if found guilty of violating Premier League spending rules.

Leicester City, having been relegated from the Premier League last season, found themselves embroiled in controversy as they were referred to an independent commission by the Premier League for alleged breaches of spending regulations.

EFL's Change of Position

Initially, the EFL had indicated that they would apply any sanctions imposed on Leicester by the Premier League, even if the Foxes were competing in the Championship. This stance was met with opposition from Leicester.

However, the EFL later reversed its position, stating that they do not have the authority to impose penalties on Leicester while they compete in the second tier. This change was communicated in a letter to the English FA's League Arbitration Panel (LAP).

Leicester's Response

In response to the ongoing investigations, Leicester City reaffirmed their commitment to cooperate with both the Premier League and the EFL.

They emphasized the importance of charges being adjudicated under established rules and procedures.

Implications for Promotion Race

The clarification from the LAP regarding points deductions not being applicable this season provides a significant boost for Leicester City. Currently topping the Championship standings with an impressive 88 points from 41 matches, the Foxes are in pole position for promotion back to the Premier League.

For Leicester City, the latest developments offer reassurance as they continue their pursuit of promotion. With the threat of points deductions removed for the current season, the Foxes can focus on their on-field performances and aim to secure a return to the top flight. For stars like Kelechi Iheanacho and Wilfred Ndidi, this news provides added motivation as they strive to lead Leicester City back to Premier League glory.