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Wigan Athletic docked three points after failing to pay their players on time again

Wigan Athletic have been docked three points after failing to pay their players on time again (via the EFL official website).

They face relegation from the Championship and could start next season in League One with a points deficit due to their financial struggles.

The three-point deduction is applicable this season after Wigan failed to pay wages on time for the fourth time in ten months.

Players and staff at the DW Stadium have still not received payment ten days after the club called the delay a temporary matter.

Wigan have received a double punishment as they have broken English Football League (EFL) rules and the terms of a negotiated settlement reached with the ruling body in January.

Club owner Abdulrahman Al-Jasmi failed to deposit an amount equal to 125% of its forecast monthly wage bill in a designated club account.

Wigan had agreed to a suspended three-point deduction if they paid wages late again before the end of 2023. The Latics paid wages late in June, July and October 2022.

The club gave several excuses ranging from security authentication issues to bank transfer problems. They also blamed the impact of the Platinum Jubilee celebrations.

The deduction leaves Shaun Maloney’s side eight points away from safety at the bottom of the Championship with only ten matches left.

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