Huddersfield Town may receive some punishment for their team selection for the game against Birmingham City according to a report from The Guardian via the Huddersfield Daily Examiner.
With the Terriers’ place in the Sky Bet Championship play-offs secure and automatic promotion now impossible after Newcastle United sealed their return to the Premier League, they decided that they would rest their players in Saturday’s match against Birmingham. They would end up making ten changes for the match and with there being so much upheaval in the team, it’s no surprise they ended up losing 2-0.
However this would end up attracting a lot of anger from across the Championship. While the game was almost meaningless for Huddersfield, it certainly wasn’t for Birmingham as they were fighting against relegation. And with them facing a weakened team, they got an advantage as they looked to avoid the drop to Sky Bet League One.
And after the game, both Blackburn Rovers and Nottingham Forest head coaches Tony Mowbray and Mark Warburton expressed their anger at this after they discovered the news, believing that Huddersfield should face some sort of punishment for their team changes.
And it appears that they might get their wish because the EFL are considering the possibility and will meet on Tuesday to decide what to do. There are no rules against this on the EFL’s website, though they did hand out fines to clubs who fielded weakened teams in the EFL Trophy earlier this season. The EFL may look to copy the weakened team rule from the Premier League, which also dishes out fines to teams which field weakened teams without good reason.