Prior to Friday evening’s Sky Bet League One fixture between AFC Wimbledon and Milton Keynes Dons, the EFL sought assurances from the home club that the game would be treated in a consistent and appropriate manner to any other taking place at the Cherry Red Records Stadium.
Any deviation from this needed to be with the agreement or understanding of Milton Keynes Dons.
This approach was taken following the actions of AFC Wimbledon at the corresponding fixture last season when the visiting club was not referred to by its full name of Milton Keynes Dons in a number of circumstances.
The EFL is more than aware of the issues around the creation of Milton Keynes Dons and the upset this caused for the then, Wimbledon FC.
The failure to recognise Milton Keynes Dons in the correct manner causes reputational issues for the EFL as well as creating the potential for unrest amongst MK Dons supporters and, as such, is of concern for the EFL.
Under new EFL regulations 3.4 and 3.5 all clubs are required to behave towards one another with the ‘utmost good faith’ and not to ‘unfairly criticise, disparage, belittle or discredit’ any other club.
Following reports regarding last night's fixture, it would appear that a similar situation has transpired and, as a result, the EFL Board will request the observations of AFC Wimbledon at the earliest possible opportunity.
If the club is charged with a breach of EFL regulations then the matter would be referred to a Disciplinary Commission.
Regulations 3.4 and 3.5 state:
3.4: in all matters and transactions relating to the league, each Club shall behave towards each other and the League with the utmost good faith.
3.5: no Club, either by itself, its servants or agents, shall by any means whatsoever unfairly criticise, disparage, belittle or discredit any other Club or the League or in either case any of its directors, officers, employees or agents.