Derby County and Sheffield Wednesday will start next season with the same number of points as all of their rivals after receiving suspended point deductions.
Assuming they comply with EFL rules on paying their players, both will escape any immediate point penalty.
The Derby Championship team have accepted a three-point suspended penalty, to be applied only if the club does not pay its players by June 30, 2022.
The League One relegation Wednesday accepted a suspended six-point deduction.
This will only come into effect if the club does not pay the arrears owed to players in full by 5 July 2021 and / or if they do not pay their players by 30 June 2022.
It is understood that these arrears have now been paid.
If Wednesday pays their players until December 31, 2021, the penalty will be reduced to a suspended deduction of three points.
Both cases refer to last season’s championship, in which Wednesday started the season with a 12-point deduction, halved to six, before being relegated by three points, while Wayne Rooney’s Derby remained. standing on the last day thanks to closest rivals Rotherham dispatching a late equalizer to Cardiff.
An EFL statement said: “As of December 2020, Derby County failed to pay its players in accordance with the terms of the agreements between the club and its players and was charged with misconduct under EFL regulations.
“During the months of March 2021, April 2021, May 2021 and June 2021, Sheffield Wednesday failed to pay its players in accordance with the terms of the agreements between the club and its players and was charged with misconduct under the EFL. “
Derby has had an eventful few weeks, having been fined £ 100,000 last month for breaking financial fair play rules.
There was also uncertainty over which league the Rams would play in next season after the EFL announced a “interchangeable match list”. But the EFL decided not to implement the decision to deduct points.
The club are also in the midst of a potential takeover as current owner Mel Morris looks to sell, after seeing two potential deals fail in recent months.
Sheffield Wednesday kicks off the 2021-22 season on Sunday August 1 with an EFL Cup draw against local rivals Huddersfield Town.
Derby also begins the new home campaign against Huddersfield in the Championship a week later on August 7 when their League One campaign begins at Charlton on Wednesday.