Derby County have officially entered administration and been hit with an automatic 12-point deduction in the Championship.
The club announced the appointment of administrators on Wednesday and Wayne Rooney’s side will drop to the bottom of the Championship on minus two points.
Rooney is expected to stay at Derby despite the club entering administration.
An EFL statement said: “The EFL can today confirm that a 12-point deduction has been immediately applied to Derby County Football Club’s 2021-22 season total.
“This follows the lodging of the Notices of Intention to Appoint Administrators on Friday evening, and the subsequent announcement that the process of appointment was completed earlier today.”
EFL chief executive Trevor Birch said: “I appreciate that this is a challenging and concerning period for everyone associated with the club, particularly the staff and supporters, and it is our intention to work proactively with the administrators and all relevant parties with the objective of securing a long-term and viable future for Derby County.
“We will endeavour to provide timely and relevant updates as appropriate and as and when events unfold over the coming weeks.”
In a statement, Derby said Andrew Hosking, Carl Jackson and Andrew Andronikou of business advisory firm Quantuma would serve as joint administrators.
Hoksing said: “I can confirm that Andrew Andronikou, Carl Jackson and I were appointed joint administrators of Derby County Football Club today.
“Covid-19 has had a significant impact on the finances of the club and its long-term ability to continue in its current form.
“We recognise that with the commencement of the 2021-22 season last month, this news will be of concern to stakeholders and fans, in addition to the city of Derby and the wider football community.
“We are in the early stages of assessing the options available to the club and would invite any interested parties to come forward.
"Our immediate objectives are to ensure the club completes all its fixtures in the Championship this season and finding interested parties to safeguard the club and its employees."