Sheffield Wednesday are a side on a slide at the moment. A run of form that fans are hoping will soon pick up has seen the Garry Monk-led Owls slip away from the promotion hopefuls that they once thought themselves rightly to be. However, there is some positive news coming out of Hillsborough at the moment.
Amidst all of that falling form, the club finds itself to be embroiled in far more serious issues than just dropping places in the Sky Bet Championship table. Owner Dejphon Chansiri faced EFL misconduct charges and there is also an EFL case against the club over the selling of their ground to Chansiri with allegations this was done to avoid failing the EFL’s FFP limitations of £39 million losses over a three-season span.
That burden has been halved with the recent news that the charges of misconduct against Chansiri have been dropped, as have charges against Katrien Meire and John Redgate. Sheffield Wednesday revealed the dropping of charges in a club statement and they stated it was “the Club’s view this decision is a recognition of the strength of evidence” that was put forward.
However, the Owls still face the EFL charges related to the sale of their stadium to Chansiri, charges that could have massive ramifications for the club. It is thought that, should they be found guilty as charged, that there are many clubs pushing for the imposition of a 21-point points deduction.
That deduction would instantly send the Owls to the bottom of the table and see them adrift of local rivals Barnsley by seven points and 12 points shy of Charlton Athletic who’d be in the last of the safe places above the relegation mire.