SOUTHEND UNITED have been handed a suspended three-point penalty and fined £7,500 for breaches of EFL regulations.
Blues were referred to an independent Disciplinary Commission after some of their squad received their salaries late in December and February. The Club was also in the dock charged with fielding an unregistered player during their 2-1 Sky Bet League One victory over Lincoln City at Roots Hall Stadium earlier this year.
A statement from the Blues explained;
The Club accepted the charges and submitted arguments in mitigation to explain the specific circumstances which led to the breaches occurring. The Disciplinary Commission accepted these arguments and in reaching its decision noted, in particular, the Club’s previously “unblemished” disciplinary record.
The Roots Hall Stadium outfit will pick up the legal costs. Meanwhile, the suspended points deduction will hang over the club for the remainder of the 2019/20 season as well as the first six months of the new campaign and will only come into effect should there be further transgressions.