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Derby & Middlesbrough 'reach accord'

Statement says clubs have reached agreement on resolution of legal claims

Derby County FC has issued a statement saying that it has “reached an accord” on a resolution of the legal claims brought by Middlesbrough FC against the club and other parties.

Middlesbrough FC had issued the claims because, they argued, they lost £45 million due to Derby County breaking financial fair play (FFP) rules.

But a statement issued by Derby County said: As a direct result of private conversations between [former Derby County owner] Mel Morris and [Middlesbrough owner] Steve Gibson, both parties are pleased to announce that they have reached an accord on a resolution of the claims by Middlesbrough Football Club against Derby County Football Club, and others.”

It added that the basis of the accord will “remain private but details have been shared with Quantuma the Administrators for Derby County who will urgently prepare the legal documentation to ratify the accord.”

The statement said Gibson and Morris were keen to develop an accord ahead of the Middlesbrough versus Derby County fixture to be played at the Riverside Stadium tomorrow.

“The claim has clearly been the source of much concern to both sets of fans, and especially those of Derby County,” the statement said. “The fact that a resolution has been discussed and agreed should be comforting to both sets of supporters.”

Carl Jackson, partner on behalf of Quantuma, the joint administrators of Derby County, said: “We are pleased to see that an acceptable resolution has been identified which allows us to push forward with our plans for the sale of the club.”

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