Port Vale’s League Two rivals Macclesfield have been charged by the EFL with failing to pay players in time in March.
The Silkmen have twice been deducted points this season – 11 points in total to drop them to second from bottom of League Two.
Macclesfield say they will be ‘appealing the charges vehemently’, as clubs wait for the result of an Independent Disciplinary Commission to see if that will have an effect on relegation.
The Silkmen are currently three points clear of Stevenage at the foot of the table, having played a game more. So, they would be safe from relegation if, as expected, the League Two places are decided on average points per game and one team demoted to the National League.
But if Macclesfield are found guilty and deducted more points, they could replace Stevenage in bottom spot.
Macclesfield’s previous points deductions were for failing to pay wages and failing to fulfil fixtures.
The EFL say today: “Macclesfield Town has been issued with further misconduct charges for alleged breaches of EFL regulations and will be referred to an independent disciplinary commission.
“The club has been charged with failing to pay a number of players on the applicable payment dates due in March 2020, whilst also failing to act with utmost good faith in respect of matters with the EFL and for breaching an order, requirement, direction or instruction of the league.”
Macclesfield say: “Macclesfield Town can confirm that notification has been received from the English Football League, which charges the club with further regulation breaches – all of which are relating to the payment of salaries due at the end of March 2020.
“The Club are deeply surprised by these charges, as the Arbitration Panel at our last hearing adjudicated the following after close examination of all the relevant evidence –
“…the Commission should make it clear that it does not consider MTFC’s tardiness (yet again) to pay the players’ remuneration for March on time necessarily requires a further charge. Given its reasoning and conclusions as above, it would require strong persuasion to impose a yet further points deduction for any such breach…”
“Macclesfield Town will understandably be appealing these charges vehemently and will provide a further update in due course.”