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​Derby dodge points deduction

Derby have had charges relating to a breach of English Football League spending rules dismissed, reports BBC Sport.

The charges related to the valuation of Pride Park when it was sold to owner Mel Morris for £80m, despite it previously being listed as worth £41m.

The sale led to a pre-tax profit of £14.6m in 2017-18, keeping Derby within a three-year cap of £39m in losses.

A charge over how the club measured the value of players - called amortisation - in their accounts was also dismissed.

The findings mean Derby will avoid a points deduction and fine, which would have come into play for 2020-21 Championship season.

However, an independent disciplinary tribunal did find that "the wording of the amortisation policy in Derby's financial statements could have been clearer".

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