THE EFL have confirmed that a five-point suspended sentence against Wanderers has been UPHELD by a second disciplinary panel.

The move, which will be celebrated among Bolton fans, means that Keith Hill’s side will not have any further points deductions this season.

The EFL had appealed against the original verdict, released in November, but issued a statement at 11am this morning outlining their “disappointment” at the verdict.

It read: “An arbitration panel has upheld the original decision in respect of the sanctions handed to Bolton Wanderers following their guilty plea in November 2019 to charges of breaching EFL Regulations for failing to meet fixture obligations.

“The panel considered the original verdict of a sanction of five points, suspended for 18 months, and a financial penalty in light of the submitted appeal by the EFL, and concluded that the decision taken was proportionate given the mitigating circumstances the Club has faced over the extended timeframe.

“While disappointed with the verdict, the EFL respects the decision taken.

“Discussions will now continue with EFL Clubs to formalise a scale of sporting sanctions for breaches of relevant EFL Regulations, relating to non-payment of debts and non-fulfilment of fixtures, in future.”

More to follow…