Southampton Given a 10 Point Penalty and Are Relegated

Daniel GoochAnalyst IApril 23, 2009

WOLVERHAMPTON, UNITED KINGDOM - APRIL 10:  Rudi Skacel of Southampton appeals to the linesman after a penalty was awarded to Wolverhampton during the Coca Cola Championship match between Wolverhampton Wanderers and Southampton at Molineux Stadium on April 10, 2009 in Wolverhampton, England.  (Photo by Ryan Pierse/Getty Images)

Southampton has been given a penalty of 10 points by the FA, which means they have no hope of staying up in the Championship.

The penalty was a result of the club's parent company going into administration in early April.

At the moment Southampton lie four points from safety with just two games to go. Even if they manage to win their remaining games and get out of relegation, the points will take over and plunge them into the third tier.

If they remain in the bottom three at the end of the season the points will be taken over to next season and be deducted then.

This is very unfortunate for the club. It had nothing to do with the players. It is just one of those cases where something off the pitch impacts the club dramatically.