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EFL URGED TO DOCK POINTS IF CLUBS FAIL TO PAY PLAYERS

The EFL are facing calls to introduce automatic points deductions for clubs that fail to pay players on time, amid anger at the manner of Bury’s promotion to League One last season.

Bury did not pay salaries from February onwards, but still won promotion before being expelled by the EFL last week, having not fulfilled a fixture in this campaign. League Two clubs are particularly unhappy at Bury’s ‘financial doping’ in signing players on wages as high as £8,000 a week but then not paying them.

As a result, they have discussed a radical solution which would involve clubs who fail to pay players for a month being automatically docked one point, with another two being knocked off for the second month they withhold salaries in an escalating system that would be punitive for clubs who do not meet their financial obligations.

The proposal was mentioned at an EFL governance meeting last month and will be discussed at the next meeting of all 72 clubs on September 26 — a summit which will also determine if Bury will be permitted to re-join League Two next season. That decision will be taken by all EFL clubs, although it is extremely unlikely that Bury will be readmitted.

The EFL are facing calls to deduct points for clubs who fail to pay their players

The EFL are facing calls to deduct points for clubs who fail to pay their players 

AGENTS CIRCLING AROUND MARCUS RASHFORD

Marcus Rashford remains a hot property despite his indifferent start to the season at , with a number of leading agents seeking to sign a player who leaves much of the management of his career to his mother, Melanie. Wayne Rooney’s representative, Paul Stretford, is among a number of top agents who have targeted Rashford (right) this summer, but the England striker remains content to be advised by his family and that of his close friend and former team-mate, Danny Welbeck. 

Marcus Rashford is being chased by several leading agents despite a mixed start to the season

Marcus Rashford is being chased by several leading agents despite a mixed

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