Leeds United, the League One side who today appealed against a 15-point penalty given to them at the start of this season, are set to be penalised by a further 5 points, it has been revealed.
The extra penalty, if the rumour is to be believed, would put Leeds on 68 points in 7th position behind Brighton who are on 69 points, outside the play-off places with just one game left. Should Brighton beat Swansea on Saturday, they, not Leeds, would qualify for a play-off berth.
The decision on Leeds' appeal is expected at 17.00 hours from the Office of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (OCIA), and could spell disaster for the Yorkshire club, who are more than £12million in debt.
Leeds believe the 15-point sanction placed on them was unlawful, and have waited all season to have their case heard by OCIA. It's only now that they have qualified for the play-offs and possible promotion, that this subsequent 5-point addition has been mentioned.
Tykes' owner Ken Beast told fans on the club's website:
"We better get used to more trips to the likes of Cheltenham, Yeovil and Hartlepool."