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Club comments on Derby County situation

"We owe it to our supporters not to remain silent in the midst of media speculation."

12 May 2021

Wycombe Wanderers acknowledge the situation in relation to potential sanctions being issued to Derby County, which may have ramifications which affect the Chairboys if a decision is taken to deduct points from Derby in the 2020/21 season.

The club absolutely respects the sensitivity of the legal processes involved. However, we feel we owe it to our supporters not to remain silent in the midst of media speculation.

What we know at this stage is that the EFL has won its appeal against Derby County for breaching Financial Fair Play rules through the club's accounting policies, and await details of the sanction. This news came to light last week, and the club knew that a victory at Middlesbrough could – and ultimately did – enable Wycombe Wanderers to finish 22nd in the table, one place below Derby. We applaud the outstanding efforts of the staff and team during their 3-0 victory.

To finish on 43 points, and above two other teams, is a creditable achievement given the relative tight financial restraints that the club has operated under during the 2020/21 season. We have gone into battle with teams assembled for nine-figure sums, and often fallen narrowly short.

Wycombe Wanderers will always continue to compete to its maximum potential, on and off the pitch, by playing within the rules. We expect our opponents to do the same.

The club trusts that the correct decision will be reached by the independent commission which has been appointed to judge Derby County’s case.  We respect the process and are not contemplating legal action at this time, contrary to media speculation.

In the meantime, we continue to plan for next season – one which we believe will be one of the most exciting in recent history, as we welcome fans back to Adams Park for a new and improved matchday experience in many ways.

We are thrilled with the early uptake of season tickets, which stands at close to 2,000, just days after going to general sale.

The club thanks its supporters for their unwavering support, and also a huge number of fans and representatives of other clubs who have sent their best wishes and expressed admiration for the club’s endeavours throughout the season.


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