Macclesfield Town have been relegated from Sky Bet League Two with immediate effect.
This decision comes after an independent Arbitration Panel upheld the EFL’s appeal in respect of the outcome of an independent Disciplinary Commission who - in June 2020 - had considered misconduct charges brought against the Silkmen.
The charges related to failing to pay a number of players on the applicable payment dates due in March 2020, 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.
The Arbitration Panel confirmed that the two-point suspended sporting sanction activated on 19 June 2020 from previous proceedings will stand and in addition the four-point deduction, originally suspended in the latest proceedings and only to be activated in the event of a further breach of Regulation 63.7 during season 2020/21, will be activated immediately and applied to the 2019/20 table.
The outcome leaves Macclesfield Town in 24th position in the table on 19 points with a points-per-game (PPG) total of 23.62, resulting in the club’s relegation into the Vanarama National League.
This decision means the Bantams will play Stevenage next season, who have been re-instated into Sky Bet League Two and finish 23rd in the 2019/20 table.
The Arbitration panel’s decision is final and binding.
The EFL will be making no further comment.