Sunderland's League One rivals Bolton Wanderers avoid further points deduction
An appeals panel has upheld the penalty imposed on Bolton over their failure to fulfil fixtures after the EFL had challenged it for being too lenient.
The disciplinary commission ruled in November that Wanderers should face a five-point deduction, suspended for 18 months, plus a fine.
The EFL announced on Tuesday that an arbitration panel had ruled that the original sanction was sufficient.
A statement from the league read: "While disappointed with the verdict, the EFL respects the decision taken.
"Discussions will now continue with EFL clubs to formalise a scale of sporting sanctions for breaches of relevant EFL regulations, relating to non-payment of debts and non-fulfilment of fixtures, in future."
Bolton chairman Sharon Brittan said: “We are pleased that this decision brings to an end the uncertainty regarding the original conclusion of the Disciplinary Commission. The case was one of the major legacy issues we inherited at the Club and we welcome the opportunity to be able to move forward.“Our attention can now be completely focused on the pitch as we strive to retain our status in Sky Bet League One.“We are under no illusions that this will be a difficult task. That’s why it is so important to us that the fans, who have been phenomenal so far this season, continue to get behind Keith and the team for the remainder of the campaign.“Despite the restrictions imposed on the Club, the management are working around the clock to strengthen the squad to fight for every point available.”