Macclesfield Town could face a points deduction that would relegate them to the bottom of League Two after being charged by the EFL on three counts, including with failing to pay several players their March wages on time.
The matter is with an independent disciplinary commission and if the club, who have said they will contest the charge, are found guilty a points deduction is possible. Macclesfield are second bottom of League Two, three points above Stevenage. In May they were given a seven-point deduction for the failure to play December’s match against Plymouth and for the non-payment of wages.
The Silkmen Supporters’ Trust (SST) donated £10,000 to the club to help pay the remaining 20% of April wages after all players and staff were placed on to the government’s furlough job retention scheme.
An EFL statement said: “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 responded by saying they would “be appealing these charges vehemently”.
The EFL has stipulated that promotion and relegation should take place in all of its leagues, despite an overwhelming majority of League Two clubs indicating a preference to curtail the season without relegating the bottom club. The EFL board’s proposed framework has made it plain it regards its plan as integral to preserving the competition’s “integrity”. It is based on deciding a final table using an unweighted points-per-game system and play-offs, involving four teams.