Birmingham face punishment after transfer embargo probe

Birmingham City signed Kristian Pedersen while the club was under a transfer embargo. (Reuters pic)

LONDON: Birmingham City are facing punishment from the English Football League after the troubled Championship club allegedly broke Financial Fair Play rules.

A Daily Telegraph report on Friday claimed Birmingham, owned by Hong Kong-based Trillion Trophy Asia, could even be hit with a 12-point deduction.

The EFL said in August it was “exceptionally disappointed” by Birmingham’s signing of Danish defender Kristian Pedersen while the club was under a transfer embargo.

Birmingham were placed under the embargo after exceeding losses of £39 million (RM209 million) over a three-year period.

Blues coach Garry Monk was only allowed to sign five players during the recent transfer window – either free transfers or loan signings on wages of less than £10,000 (RM54,000) per week.

Birmingham have been referred to a disciplinary commission which will hear representations from both the club and the EFL.

An EFL spokesman said: “The club has been referred to a disciplinary commission which will hear representations from both the EFL and Birmingham City before reaching a decision.”

“The commission, convened under EFL regulations, has the scope to determine the sanction without restriction.”

“The board of the EFL has not as yet agreed on the sanction that it will be seeking from the commission, having discussed the matter at its board meeting yesterday for the first time.”

A Birmingham spokesman added: “We are complying with what is requested of us under the imposed EFL business plan.”