Macclesfield Town relegated, Stevenage stay in League Two as EFL wins appeal

Macclesfield have been relegated to the National League after the English Football League (EFL) won an appeal to inflict a harsher points penalty on the League Two club, with Stevenage staying up in the process.

In June an independent disciplinary commission imposed a two-point penalty and a £20,000 fine after the club were charged with misconduct related to the payment of player wages in March 2020.

EFL statement

“An independent Arbitration Panel has upheld the EFL’s appeal in respect of the outcome of an independent Disciplinary Commission who in June 2020 had considered misconduct charges brought against Macclesfield Town.

“The charges related to failing to pay a number of players on the applicable payment dates due in March 2020, failing to act with utmost good faith in respect of matters with the EFL and for breaching an order, requirement, direction or instruction of the League.

“The Arbitration Panel confirmed that the two-point suspended sporting sanction activated on 19 June 2020 from previous proceedings will stand and in addition the four point deduction, originally suspended in the latest proceedings and only to be activated in the event of a further breach of Regulation 63.7 during season 2020/21, will be activated immediately and applied to the 2019/20 table.

“Today’s outcome leaves Macclesfield Town in 24th position in the table on 19 points with a points per game (PPG) total of 23.62, resulting in the Club’s relegation into the National League.

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