Reading have been dealt another three-point deduction, following their failure to deposit funding, as confirmed by journalist John Percy.
The League One side have already been on the receiving end of a 13-point deduction for various charges, but now that number has been increased once again and has placed them back into the bottom four.
What is the charge for?
According to journalist John Percy, Reading have been deducted a further three points after failing to deposit funds into a designated account by yesterday’s EFL deadline.
This deduction has been applied by an independent commission during a private meeting, ensuring that the club have now had 16 points deducted under the current ownership.
What does this mean?
The latest points deduction was suspended but has now been triggered, which means that the club’s points total for the 2023/24 campaign has been immediately affected.
The Royals initially sat 20th on five points, three above the drop zone, but now the club have been leapfrogged by Wigan Athletic and have entered the relegation zone in League One, ahead of Saturday’s home match against an in-form Bolton Wanderers side.
A blow for Ruben Selles
Reading have already experienced a difficult summer, losing several star players as well as suffering relegation back to League One. If points deduction hadn’t occurred, Reading would be 17th in the league but instead, they sit in 21st.
The club have won just two of their opening six league games (losing the other four) and will now be in need of a response this weekend, as they could find themselves bottom if results don’t go their way.
It’s difficult as a football fan when your owners are making decisions that are directly having a negative affect on the supporters that ultimately pay the full price for their actions.
Whether you are a Reading fan or a rival supporter, we can all agree that no football club deserves to let their fans go through so much negativity and I hope the Reading players/staff can get the job done on the pitch to give their fans something to be happy about.