An update on Sheffield Wednesday’s case against the English Football League could be imminent.
Wednesday were charged by the EFL with misconduct relating to the sale of the club’s Hillsborough stadium to a separate company owned by their chairman, Dejphon Chansiri, in order to circumvent the authority’s Profit & Sustainability rules.
But the Owls launched a counterclaim against the league, alleging that it acted unlawfully in doing so.
It has been speculated that Wednesday are facing a deduction of up to 21 points, or even relegation to League One, if found guilty.
But the Owls’ case is expected to be heard before any punishment is handed out, if at all.
And according to the London-based barristers, Backstone Chambers, the former has already happened.
Under the profile of one of its employees, Nick de Marco QC, on its website, it lists the case – Sheffield Wednesday FC v EFL – as having taken place this month.
Beneath it, it states that: ‘Nick represented the Championship football club in proceedings challenging the lawfulness of disciplinary charges brought by the EFL in relation to Profit and Sustainability financial fair play rules.’
This is the great man indeed. No better sports QC in the country.
— PriceOfFootball (@KieranMaguire) February 18, 2020
According to the football finance expert, Kieran Maguire, there is ‘no better sports QC in the country’ than De Marco, who has also represented the world governing body, FIFA, and clubs which include Manchester United, Manchester City, Sheffield United, Leeds United and Queens Park Rangers – the latter against the EFL.