Derby County & Middlesbrough settle legal claim

Derby County have have confirmed that an agreement has been reached with Middlesbrough over their legal claim against the Rams.

Boro chairman Steve Gibson claimed Derby's breaching of Football League financial rules, which has seen them deducted points this season and plunged them into administration, cost his club promotion and was seeking damages.

The issue has provided a sticking point to numerous parties looking to take over Derby.

Former owner Mel Morris offered to intervene and after talks between him and Gibson, an 'accord' has been reached between all parties.

Derby County issued a statement on behalf of both clubs confirming the an agreement was in place.

"As a direct result of private conversations between Mel Morris and 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," the statement read.

"The basis of that 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.

"Gibson and Morris were keen to develop an accord ahead of the Boro vs DCFC 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 DCFC. The fact that a resolution has been discussed and agreed should be comforting to both sets of supporters.

"Details of the accord shall remain private. However, it is important for all interested parties, including potential bidders, to be confident that the Boro claim will not be an impediment to DCFC progressing its plans for a sale of the club."

Carl Jackson, partner on behalf of Quantuma, administrators of Derby, 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."

Source : 90min