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EFL Statement: Blackburn Rovers

1 March 2023

An independent arbitration panel has dismissed the claim of Blackburn Rovers, in which it challenged the EFL’s refusal to register Nottingham Forest’s Lewis O’Brien on loan on 31 January.

The EFL rejected the application to register the Player on the grounds that Blackburn had failed to supply all the required information by the relevant deadline. The Board subsequently endorsed that decision.

Upon review of all the evidence, the independently appointed arbitrator, William Norris KC, determined that the EFL correctly interpreted and applied its Regulations and associated Guidance.

There is no further right of appeal, and Lewis O’Brien’s registration will remain with Nottingham Forest.

Click here to read the judgment.

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