WANDERERS say they are “disappointed” with the EFL’s decision to appeal a verdict from the independent disciplinary commission.

The club was given a five-point suspended penalty by the panel on Thursday night with £70,000 in fines for failing to fulfil fixtures against Brentford, last season, and Doncaster Rovers, in August.

But the EFL believe the ruling sets a dangerous precedent and have announced they will be appealing as soon as possible.

A statement from Wanderers released this morning said: “Bolton Wanderers Football Club is aware of the EFL’s decision to appeal the verdict that was reached by the Independent Disciplinary Commission.

“The club’s chairman Sharon Brittan said: “We are naturally very disappointed by this outcome as we had hoped a line had been drawn and we’d be able to move on.

“We will vehemently defend any appeal.”

A spokesperson for the EFL confirmed that an appeal would be made on the grounds that the decision affected the integrity of the competition.

“The EFL is disappointed by the conclusions reached by the independent Disciplinary Commission in respect of Bolton Wanderers and it is the firm view of the League that the sanction imposed is too lenient when consideration is given to all the circumstances of the case.

“Given the potential for postponements to have a significant impact on competition integrity and, following receipt of advice overnight on the reasons provided, the League will appeal the outcome in the strongest possible sense.”