Coventry City have been deducted 10 points by the Football League.
A High Court hearing in London on Tuesday ruled that the League One club was "in administration".
City were taken to court to face an administration order from their Ricoh Arena landlords, Arena Coventry Ltd, over a year's unpaid rent of £1.3m.
The deduction means the Sky Blues, who have seven days to appeal against the decision, slip from 10th to 14th in the table.
It was announced a week ago that Coventry City Football Club Ltd, the non-operating subsidiary company that held the lease and licence for the Ricoh Arena, was to go into administration.
Sisu, the consortium which owns the Sky Blues, argued that the company did not hold any assets or staff of its own.
However the court decided that the subsidiary owns the Golden Share, which guarantees membership of the Football League.
The Football League have therefore responded by taking the 10 points away from the Sky Blues.
The move all but ends Coventry's hopes of making the play-offs - they are now 15 points behind sixth-placed Sheffield United with only six games remaining.
But they appear to be safe from any danger of relegation - 21st placed Scunthorpe are 12 points behind Steven Pressley's side.