Coventry City have been deducted 10 points by the Football League after going into liquidation.
The Sky Blues will now start Saturday's League One match away to Crawley with a points total of minus 10.
The decision by the Football League follows a meeting held between the club and Coventry's major creditor - Arena Coventry Limited (ACL) - the company that owns the Ricoh Arena.
This deduction was expected after ACL refused to accept the Company Voluntary Agreement (CVA) that was put before them, forcing Coventry City Ltd, one of the club's constituent parts, into liquidation.
Coventry were also deducted 10 points last season for going into administration and this latest ruling is a further blow to a club that won the FA Cup at Wembley 26 years ago.
In a statement issued on Friday, the club said CCFC Limited would enter liquidation and that they had accepted the League's points deduction.
The former Premier League club will start their home campaign at Northampton's Sixfields ground, which was also ratified on Friday.
Northampton's stadium - 32 miles away - is expected to host Coventry's home fixtures for the next three seasons.
This follows a stand-off between the old CCFC Limited and ACL, regarding payment of rent at the Ricoh Arena.
The club's chief executive, Tim Fisher, said: "We know that this has been an extremely difficult summer for our supporters and we are truly sorry that all of the attention has been off the field rather than on it.
"There has been a great deal of uncertainty surrounding the club's future but this decision by the Football League means we now have certainty and the club's future is secured.
"We can now get on and put our future plans into action which means building and owning our own stadium in the Coventry area.
"It has been a very difficult time but Coventry City Football Club moves forward.
"The events of the last few days and the abuse of the administration process highlight that the club had been left with very little room for manoeuvre.
"Indeed, I am sure that all the fans are aware that the very reason ACL stated for filing for administration in the first place was to avoid liquidation and a points deduction this season.
"Liquidation is exactly what they pushed for and succeeded in getting today.
"Whilst the points' deduction is not welcomed, we believe the penalty proves that the Football League recognises the very difficult circumstances the club has been operating under."