Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Saints Get Reprieve

Southampton have escaped an immediate 10 point deduction from the Football League this afternoon as the board decided that a full investigation into the south coast clubs finances was needed before any ruling could be made.

If I was a betting man I would say that the league is stalling on a decision and any deduction would be carried over until next season, allowing Southampton the chance to retain their Championship status this season. Not deducting points would cause outrage and several appeals on the behalf of penilized clubs such as Luton and Bournemouth. Deducting points now could push potential investors away and force the club to shut down. The implications of closure would affect the curent Colaship promotion race as well as the relegation battle. Closure would lead to all points gained against Southampton being void this season. Southampton's holding company went into administration last week and administrators have clearly stated that a buyer needs to be found before the end of this current season if the Saints are to stay in existence.

The full Football League statement can be read here.

Southampton play Watford this afternoon in a crucial relegation 6 pointer.


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