Wigan Athletic has been relegated to League-one due to 12 point deduction. Wigan finished 23rd out of 24 teams in the Championship table. Due to the application of 12 point deduction penalty. Wigan , Hull-city and Charlton Athletic are the three teams that have been relegated.
Wigan had appealed to overturn the 12 point deduction penalty. But the appeal from the club was over-ruled. 21st-place Barnsley have survived due the 12 point deduction from Wigan.
On Tuesday 4th of August the English Football League confirmed that Wigan’s appeal had been rejected.
The EFL statement read “The insolvency event occurred on the 1 July 2020.Under EFL Regulation 12.3 .The Club was subject to a 12-point sanction; yet the timing of the deduction could only be determined once the final games of the season had been played. The reason for this approach was due to the administration taking place after the fourth Thursday in March. In such circumstances EFL Regulations state that, in the event a Club is relegated by virtue of their final position following the conclusion of the league campaign, then the deduction would apply in the following season. As the Club was not in the relegation places following the last round of Championship fixtures. The sanction was then applied to their 2019/20 total which resulted in a 23rd placed finish.”
Wigan has been in a two and fro movement between the Championship and League One since relegation from the Premier League in 2012-13.
Wigan also issue a statement stating “The club put forward a strong case.Naturally we are disappointed at the decision. The first-team management will now prepare the team for next season’s Sky Bet League One campaign. No detailed reasoning behind the decision is available yet, but we will post further information at the appropriate time.”