The Football League have confirmed they intend to dock League One Portsmouth 10 points when they come out of administration, reports BBC Sport.
Pompey have been in administration since February and are £61m in debt.
They are in the process of a takeover bid by the Pompey Supporters' Trust but that is conditional on administrators forcing the sale of Fratton Park.
"The Football League re-affirm its earlier decision that these conditions would include a deduction of 10 points," said the statement.
A 10-point deduction would leave the club in the relegation zone.