English football has been disrespected – EFL chairman Rick Parry


Following English Football League (EFL) Championship side Wigan Athletic going into administration EFL President, Rick Parry, has said the tremendous shock of the Latics going into administration is a disrespect to English football.

Parry who was speaking to BBC sports editor Dan Roan expressed his surprise at the news.

“It is really unprecedented for an owner [Au Yeung Wai Kay, the head of Next Leader Fund that took ownership] to put his own club into administration, literally overnight. It is completely unprecedented for an owner who has only just acquired the club for £40m to put his prized asset straight into administration and therefore destroy its value to him.” Parry said

“It makes absolutely no sense to us – it’s a real mystery, I’ve never seen anything quite like it.” He further stated

The Latics future seemed bright when the team replaced their Hong Kong-based owners a month ago, but last week’s revelation of their financial predicament has resulted in a 12-point deduction, which has yet to be officially applied.

Latics new owners Next Leader Fund said they invested “more than £40m” into the club and blamed the COVID19 pandemic for the decision to put it into administration.

The administrators have said the club have appealed against their punishment, but if upheld, it could see them relegated.

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