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Birmingham City could avoid points deduction until next season

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Birmingham City could avoid a points deduction this season and instead begin next season's campaign on minus points, Sky Sports News understands.

A three-man disciplinary commission will meet later this week to decide if Birmingham are guilty of breaching new Profitability and Sustainability rules, introduced at the start of the 2016-17 season.

The EFL has reportedly recommended a 12-point deduction to its clubs - although this has not been confirmed.

If imposed this season, a 12-point penalty would see Birmingham drop to 38 points - just two points above Rotherham in the relegation zone.

But Sky Sports News understands the commission could take several weeks or possibly months, before publishing its decision - making any potential points deduction this season increasingly unlikely.

In a statement released on Monday, an EFL spokesperson said: "An Independent Disciplinary Commission has today sat and considered the matter between the EFL and Birmingham City in regard to the League's Profitability and Sustainability rules for the period 2015/16 to 2017/18. Both parties await the decision of the panel."

As part of its remit, the three-man panel, comprising an independent chairman and representatives from Birmingham and the EFL, will decide the severity of any sanction and significantly, when any punishment should be served.

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With just eight matches of the Sky Bet Championship campaign left, it is thought the commission could decide that any potential points deduction should begin in August.

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