Birmingham City are at risk of facing yet another points deduction after breaching the English Football League’s financial regulations once more.
The club are being charged for the second successive season after breaking the EFL's profitability and sustainability rules last season - in which they were docked nine points and became the first club to be sanctioned under the new regulations.
This time around, the Blues have been charged over alleged failures to lower their cost control, as part of the plan agreed with the EFL to 'ensure future spending is within acceptable limits'.
The EFL's plan, imposed at the start of last season, means that the club have to reveal all financial dealings with the association. And despite selling Che Adams to Southampton in the summer for a £15m fee, Birmingham may still have failed to comply with certain guidelines, according to The Telegraph.
The Blues released a statement regarding the allegations on Monday night, which read: "The Club confirms that it has been charged with a breach of EFL Regulations in relation to a business plan imposed upon us in the 2018/19 season. The club denies the charge and we await the outcome of ongoing disciplinary proceedings. We shall be making no further comment at this time."
If the club are found guilty, they could potentially be docked points for the second season in a row.
Nevertheless, things should become clearer in the near future as the club - who are owned by the Hong Kong-based Trillion Trophy Asia - are set to publish their financial results for the 2018/19 season later this week.
A points deduction at this stage would be detrimental to the club. While the nine-point docking last season cost what was then Garry Monk's side a play-off place, this season it could result in relegation with Birmingham currently 18th in the Championship and just six points clear of the bottom three.