Doncaster Rovers: EFL WILL appeal disciplinary panel decision on Bolton Wanderers punishment for cancelled games

The EFL have confirmed they will appeal the decision of the disciplinary panel over Bolton Wanderers’ cancelled fixtures, including one with Doncaster Rovers.

Friday, 22nd November 2019, 11:19 am
Updated Wednesday, 27th November 2019, 12:02 am

The EFL appointed an independent disciplinary commission to determine if and what punishments Bolton would face for failure to fulfil fixtures with Rovers this season and Brentford last term.

And on Thursday night the outcome was revealed as a combined five point deduction, suspended for 18 months, plus a £70,000 fine, half of which to be suspended for 18 months.

It was also ordered that the cancelled fixture between Rovers and Bolton at the University of Bolton Stadium should be rearranged as soon as possible.

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But the EFL has put a halt on any punishment by exercising their right to appeal the panel’s decision.

A statement from the EFL, issued on Friday morning, read: “The EFL is disappointed by the conclusions reached by the independent Disciplinary Commission in respect of Bolton Wanderers and it is the firm view of the League that the sanction imposed is too lenient when consideration is given to all the circumstances of the case.

“Given the potential for postponements to have a significant impact on competition integrity and, following receipt of advice overnight on the reasons provided, the League will appeal the outcome in the strongest possible sense.”

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