Middlesbrough owner step up dispute with rivals: Big meeting Wednesday

24 April 2019

Steve Gibson
Photo: Getty Images Middlesbrough owner Steve Gibson (on the right) has called for a meeting this Wednesday to discuss possible breaching of Financial Fair Play with all Championship clubs.

Steve Gibson wants the EFL to investigate specific clubs for breaching FFP.

Though the EFL is not invited, it is believed to be under pressure because of the clubs’ meeting.

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Steve Gibson has had enough. The Middlesbrough owner and chairman wants the English Football League (EFL) to investigate Derby County, Aston Villa and Sheffield Wednesday for breaching the financial regulations and scrutinise their accounts

The 61-year-old has called for a meeting of all Championship clubs today Wednesday 24th April to address the problems, as he insists the three clubs are trying to bypass the rules by unfair means.All of the Championship clubs will meet at Nottingham Forest’s City ground to debate the dispute. 

Gibson has been furious, and it is understood that many of the other Championship clubs feel the same, as they want increased transparency over the profitability and sustainability rules broken by Birmingham, which last month resulted in a nine-point penalty, according to The Telegraph.

Selling players for over £40 million

One of the problems Gibson is to address has been the controversy regarding Derby County owner Mel Morris, who recently bought the club’s stadium and then leased it back to the club to ensure they recorded a profit in their accounts.

Gibson was reported to be “furious” since Middlesbrough have worked hard to abide the EFL’s financial rules. The club have sold over £40 million worth of players and the accounts show that they had wages of almost £65 million in 2017 but this has since been cut to £48 million in 2018.

The EFL has not been invited to the meeting, but it is believed to be are under pressure to amend those rules, according to The Telegraph.