More points deductions mean that there will almost be two competitions in League Two this season.
What seems like a long time ago Luton were penalised for lots of different offences committed by their previous regime. They’ve suffered on the pitch and now find themselves staring three consecutive relegations in the face (a far cry from how things looked at the time of a previous meeting, a 4-0 thrashing at their hands that saw the infamous Joe Ross vs Deano incident). Minus an unprecedented 30 points and surely favourites for relegation?
But now a latest twist in the insolvency of some of our neighbours means that the Hatters are perhaps not as dead and buried as the table currently suggests.
Yesterday Rotherham were hit with a 17 point penalty (I wonder whether the League can dole out two identical penalties anymore) for their disasterous recent financial management. On top of that penalty the club have had to pay a £750,000 deposit of sorts that they will only get back if they return to Rotherham (they’re playing at the Don Valley Stadium this season) inside four years.
So, that’s relegation sewn up – the Millers and the Hatters. But wait, the Cherries are also likely to be facing a points penalty.
Bournemouth have enjoyed a similarly miserable close season to their more northerly counterparts but the Football League didn’t even get round to discussing their punishment. Choosing, instead, to focus on Rotherham.
Our South Yorkshire neighbours today accepted their punishment and began to look towards the season ahead mindful that even though they are already 17 points from safety, another team may be plunged into a relegation battle before a ball has even been kicked.
My sympathies go out to the fans of all three clubs as we Bantams know only too well the horrors of what happens when the financial wheels fall off.
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