FELLOW Championship side Derby County have been docked a further nine points after admitting breaches of Football League accounting rules.

Wayne Rooney’s side were already docked 12 points for entering administration in September, and will not continue an appeal against that decision.

This latest penalty means they sit bottom of the table on -3 points, 18 points from safety on the bottom rung of the ladder – almost certain to be relegated.

Their next opponents are Scott Parker's Cherries, on Sunday, November 21, following the international break.

"The EFL's objective throughout this ongoing process has been to ensure that the principles of the regulations were upheld on behalf of all clubs," said EFL chief executive Trevor Birch.

"The EFL has considered the P&S sanction guidelines as well as mitigation put forward by the club.

"Given the complex circumstances of the case and the various outstanding regulatory issues between the EFL and Derby County, the League is satisfied at the agreed outcome and the sensible approach taken by both parties in negotiating this outcome and in respect of the appeal withdrawal."

Derby have also been given a further suspended three-point deduction for their breaches of the league's profitability and sustainability (P&S) rules.

That will take effect if the Rams fail to comply with the terms of a budget for the remainder of the season set out as part of an 'agreed decision' between the EFL and the club.