Macclesfield avoid League Two relegation after points deduction

Deduction leaves Macclesfield a point above Stevange, who are relegated to the National League

Moss Rose, home of Macclesfield Town
Image: Macclesfield's latest deduction was for failing to pay players' salaries on time

Macclesfield Town will avoid relegation from League Two despite being handed a further two-point deduction for breaching regulations over non-payment of wages.

The Silkmen confirmed an independent disciplinary panel has activated a suspended two-point penalty previous imposed by the English Football League (EFL).

Macclesfield's final reduced tally of 23 points remains enough to avoid demotion from League Two, with Stevenage bottom and relegated to the National League after the application of the points-per-game formula.

In addition to a £20,000 fine, the club have also been given a suspended four-point penalty ahead of the 2020-21 campaign.

Macclesfield Town have already had games against Crewe and Plymouth postponed this month
Image: Macclesfield have been given a suspended four-point penalty ahead of the 2020-21 campaign

The League Two club have already been hit with two previous points deductions in the campaign, over failing to complete fixtures and pay players' salaries.

"Macclesfield Town can confirm that an independent disciplinary panel has activated the suspended two-point penalty which was levied against the club during our previous hearing and as a result of further breaches of EFL regulations," read a club statement.

"An additional four-point penalty has also been imposed and suspended ahead of the 2020-2021 season - to be activated in the event of the club being found to have committed any further breach of Regulation 63.7 by not paying its registered players on time during next season.

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"Further to this, the Panel continued to adjudicate that the Club should pay a fine of £20,000 to the EFL by the aforementioned date - 'subject to the EFL, in its absolute discretion, considering whether to waive, defer or repay the same in the light of the business plan required'."

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