Derby County have hit back at Middlesbrough, following Boro Chairman Steve Gibson’s sueing of the EFL last week.

Steve Gibson sued the EFL over the governing body’s failure to implement sanctions on Derby, with the club having not adhered to the EFL’s Profit and Sustainability Rules in the eyes of the Middlesbrough Chairman.

Now the Rams have released a full statement via their official website, defending their actions and taking aim at Middlesbrough.

The statement reads:

“Derby County Football Club has adhered to the EFL’s Profit and Sustainability Rules with respect to the sale of its stadium.

“The stadium was subject to an independent professional valuation before sale, nearly 18 months ago, and the EFL indicated in writing that the arrangement was in accordance with its rules and regulations.

“The EFL cannot now, long after approving the arrangements, suggest Derby County breached the rules.”

The statement then goes on to mention Middlesbrough.

“The Club regrets that Middlesbrough Football Club have said they are suing the EFL over the matter, but that is a matter for them. Derby County offered to show Middlesbrough its financial records but they declined the invitation and appear to have decided to bring a claim against the EFL instead.

“The outcome of that action could not now affect Derby County, which has already had its financial returns for the relevant season approved by the EFL, and the Club is solely focussed on the current season.

“The Club will not be making any further comment at this time.”