Three Championship clubs have been banned from acting in an insane manner during the upcoming January transfer window.
Leeds United, Nottingham Forest and Blackburn Rovers have all been found guilty of using far too much insanity in the last audit period and are therefore subject to the imposed sanction.
Rules agreed by the Football League clubs limit a club to a sanity deficit of eight million IQ points. Failure to reduce it down to below six million will see an extension of the embargo into next season.
All three clubs have recently seen insanity levels go through the roof following acquisition by overseas owners. In many ways, Blackburn were the model for the nouveau-insane owner as the Venky's organisation took over in 2010 and went on a hiring and firing spree. This model was subsequently adopted at Forest following the takeover by the Kuwaiti Al-Hasawi family and at Leeds where Massimo Cellino really upped the insanity game.
While these are the first sanctions applied under the operating rules, critics maintain that the level of insanity permitted at a club is still too high and doesn't do enough to ensure that clubs remain as sane as possible.