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EFL Statement: Rochdale AFC & Morton House

17 October 2022

An Independent Disciplinary Commission has determined Rochdale AFC are to be deducted six points, suspended for two years, after failure to comply with EFL Regulations following the acquisition of shares in the Club by Morton House in July 2021.

In addition, Andrew Curran, Darrell Rose, David Bottomley and Faical Safouane will be banned from operating as a Relevant Person. All received a two-year sanction with the exception of Safouane, who has been handed an 18-month ban.

In March 2022 following a comprehensive investigation, the EFL charged the Club and the above-named individuals with alleged breaches of EFL Regulations relating to the Owners and Directors Test, which require any Relevant Person(s) to comply with provisions relating to purchase of shares.

All parties, who are also required to meet the Commission’s costs. pleaded guilty to the charges at a hearing in September 2022 and have 14 days to appeal.  The EFL will publish the judgment on in due course.

EFL CEO Trevor Birch said: “The updated Owners’ and Directors’ Test is a crucial element of the EFL’s regulatory responsibilities in the interests of all its member clubs, their supporters and everyone else involved or interested in football. 

'The breaches in this case were serious as they deprived the EFL of the ability to carry out the necessary investigations into the identity of the proposed new owners, their proposed business plans, and the ultimate source and sufficiency of funding necessary to support those plans. 

'These sanctions serve as an appropriate reminder to Clubs, their officials and potential owners that disregarding those requirements can lead to significant consequences as this case has proved.”

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