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Leicester report £89.7m loss after spending charge

Leicester City have reported a loss of £89.7m for the 2022-23 season – taking total losses for their last three Premier League campaigns to over £215m.

The Foxes were charged last month for allegedly breaching profit and sustainability rules (PSR) relating to the figures they have now released.

Top-flight rules permit clubs to lose £105m over a rolling three-year period.

It comes despite the Foxes, who were relegated at the end of last season, making a £74.8m profit in player sales.

The Championship club’s chief executive Susan Whelan said: “After a sustained period of growth and success for the club during the last decade, the 2022-23 season was a significant setback, the consequences of which will be felt for some time.

“We must now focus on rebuilding and seeking to return to and re-establishing ourselves in the Premier League.

“Having achieved finishing positions in the Premier League of fifth, fifth and eighth in the three preceding seasons, our targets and associated budgets for 2022-23 were entirely reasonable.

“However, for a club such as ours, whose sustained sporting achievements have justified the levels of investment required to compete with the most established clubs and pursue our ambition, a season of such significant under-performance on the pitch presents financial challenges, particularly from the perspective of the game’s current Profitability and Sustainability rules.”

The Foxes raised about £70m by selling French centre-back Wesley Fofana to Chelsea in August 2022 and England midfielder James Maddison completed a £40m move to Tottenham last summer.

But those figures were offset by the sacking of Brendan Rodgers and his coaching staff in April 2023 and a lower-than-budgeted league position.

Rodgers voiced his frustration at the Foxes’ inability to spend in the 2022 summer transfer window. At the start of the season, he predicted Leicester would struggle and needed to target 40 points to survive – they finished 18th and were relegated with 34 points.

Turnover decreased to £177.3m – down from £214.6m the previous year – but chairman Aiyawatt Srivaddhanaprabha cleared the club’s outstanding £194m debt to parent company King Power International last February.

The Foxes owed the amount in loans to KPI, which is owned by the Srivaddhanaprabha family, but a debt-to-equity transfer was completed.

“The long-term and ongoing financial security and commitment provided by Khun Aiyawatt, the Srivaddhanaprabha family and King Power International, enables the club to rebuild with certainty and confidence,” added Whelan.

The release of Leicester’s accounts comes 12 days after they were charged by the Premier League for alleged PSR breaches and for failing to submit audited finances.

Leicester will have “add backs”, which includes spending on its women’s team and the academy, which will bring their losses down in the Premier League’s calculations, while they are reporting for 13 months rather than 12.

This was a long-term club decision to bring Leicester’s accounting in line with the rest of the business.

The £215.3m loss over three years includes a £33.1m pre-tax loss from the 2020-21 season, in which they lifted the FA Cup, and the club-record loss of £92.5m a year later.

If found guilty of breaking spending rules, which allows clubs to average losses of £35m per season in the Premier League, Leicester could face a points deduction.

As the case, including any appeals, is likely to run beyond the end of this season, it means any sanctions, if applicable, will be enforced next season.

Premier League sides Everton and Nottingham Forest have already been punished with points deductions this season for breaking rules.

Leicester are also the subject of a separate financial probe by the English Football League (EFL), who then followed up the Premier League charge by imposing a registration embargo on the East Midlands club.

The Foxes reacted by starting legal proceedings against both the EFL and Premier League.

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