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Nottingham Forest points penalty upheld in Premier League survival blow

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Nottingham Forest’s four-point deduction for breaching the Premier League’s profitability and sustainability rules (PSR) has been upheld following an unsuccessful appeal, leaving the club facing the threat of relegation this season.

Forest admitted breaching the Premier League’s PSR rules by £34.5m over a three-year period, but argued the independent commission had not taken into consideration the “unique circumstances of the club and its mitigation” to stay under the limit.

The independent commission has dismissed the club’s appeal, however, which leaves Nuno Espiro Santo’s side three points clear of Luton Town and the relegation zone with two games of the season remaining.

Forest boosted their hopes of staying up with a 3-1 win over already relegated Sheffield United on Saturday and have fixtures against Chelsea and Burnley, who are 19th and trail Forest by five points, still to play.

Everton saw their 10-point penalty reduced to six points following an appeal earlier this season, while the independent commission will also hear the club’s appeal of a separate two-point penalty for breaching PSR rules.

PSR regulations allow clubs maximum losses of £105m over a three-year assessmen, but that is reduced by £22m per season for any seasons within the period spent in the Championship.

Forest were “extremely disappointed” with the commission’s original decision and said PSR rules threatened to “undermine the integrity and competitiveness of the Premier League”. The club argued it took measures to avoid breaching the rules, such as selling forward Brennan Johnson to Tottenham.

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