Burnley under investigation for playing weakened team and could face POINTS DEDUCTION and fine if found guilty

Vincent Kompany’s Burnley could face a potential points deduction and fine Credit: Getty

Reportedly, authorities are investigating Championship runaway leaders Burnley for fielding a weakened team against Reading last week.

Earlier this month, Vincent Kompany’s men secured promotion back to the Premier League with a 2-1 win over Middlesbrough.

Last week, Kompany chose to give his fringe players a chance to impress, making six changes for their match against relegation-threatened Reading.

Reading ultimately earned a vital point in their bid for survival by drawing 0-0 against Burnley’s weakened team.

According to a report byThe Sun, Reading’s relegation rivals Huddersfield were far from impressed by Kompany’s team selection and Burnley is now in trouble with the EFL.

The EFL is believed to have written to the Clarets regarding this issue, and Burnley could face a fine or points deduction if found guilty.

However, reports suggest that Burnley is adamant that they made the changes to utilize their squad, and that some of their fringe players needed game time.

On Saturday, Burnley returned to full strength but suffered a shock 2-1 defeat against Queens Park Rangers, another team fighting for Championship survival.

Speaking after the match against QPR, Kompany said: “I think the first half was, you have to score in the first half one if not more. I could see signs today of a team that for the first time is in a position where they have to win titles.

“Second half started and I had a feeling, I said it on the bench straight away I know this feeling, I’ve been there before and when guys are trying to make stuff up and are changing or deviating from what they’ve done so well in the season and when you start making stuff up you put yourself in a position where you basically you’re chasing.

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“You’re chasing the title, or you’re chasing the moment and it’s the opposite of what you have to do.”

Burnley are still in pole position to clinch the Championship title as they have a 10-point lead over second-placed Sheffield United.

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