Tuesday 7 April 2020 15:53, UK
The English Football League is to appeal against a decision to clear Birmingham of a misconduct charge related to an alleged financial breach.
A charge against the Championship club for an alleged failure to adhere to elements of an agreed business plan was dismissed by an independent commission last month, and the EFL has now exercised its right to an appeal.
Birmingham are understood to be disappointed and surprised by the EFL taking this course of action with a new commission to be convened in order to hear the appeal.
The club said when the charge was dismissed last month it had been working "closely and amicably" with the league on a business plan since May last year.
The nine-point deduction in March last year was imposed after the club incurred greater losses in the three-year period between 2015 and 2018 than is allowed under EFL rules.
The club suffered losses of £48.8m in that period, almost £10m than the maximum £39m adjusted losses permitted.