Sheffield Wednesday’s legal fight with the English Football League will start on Tuesday, in a potentially significant development for the Championship season.
Wednesday’s battle with the EFL over charges of breaching Profitability & Sustainability rules is being heard by an independent disciplinary commission this week, after the dispute was brought forward following complaints from a number of rival clubs.
The Championship club were initially expected to appear in front of the three-man panel in July but it is understood proceedings will now begin on Tuesday, with the complexity of the case ensuring it is likely to last for the rest of the week.
Wednesday have been locked in a dispute with the EFL since last November after they were charged with financial misconduct – which they strenuously deny.
Potential punishment, if found guilty, ranges from a points deduction to a transfer embargo or fine, and will be decided by the independent commission.
The decision on when to impose any punishment – if applicable – can also be made by the commission, but sources suggest it is expected to be announced before the end of this season.
It has been alleged privately by a number of rival clubs that Wednesday could be facing a hefty points deduction if they are found guilty.
Barnsley have already written to the EFL to reveal they will consider legal action if they are relegated and the charges have not been concluded.
The EFL declined to comment on Monday evening.