Sheffield Wednesday’s already challenging season has taken a further hit, as the club has been placed under a registration embargo by the English Football League (EFL).
The EFL’s website announced this development on Friday night, citing ‘amounts due to HMRC’ as the reason for the embargo. This means that Sheffield Wednesday will be unable to make any new player additions to their squad until the embargo is lifted.
The announcement also refers to regulation 17.3, the text of which is as follows:
Consequences of a Default Event – Without prejudice to the general position (pursuant to Regulation 44.4) that all registrations must be approved by The League, a Club which is subject to a Default Event shall be subject to a registration embargo such that it shall not be permitted to register any Player with that Club without the prior written consent of The League for the period that the Club is subject to a Default Event.
This recent development follows statements made a few weeks ago by the club’s owner, Dejphon Chansiri, in which he indicated that he would not provide additional financial support to the club. He expressed his reluctance to inject more funds into the club, citing what he perceived as unfair treatment by some fans.
The implications of this embargo for players like Marvin Johnson and Momo Diaby, who are already part of the club but currently unregistered, remain somewhat unclear. The Star will be seeking further information on this aspect of the situation.