The remarkable slip by the League's Steve Flynn is highlighted in an appeals report by Sir Wyn Williams into the controversial affair.
Williams pointed out in his review of the disputed five-point penalty that Flynn was given the chance to block it being a suspended sentence.
However Flynn failed to do so at the original Independent Disciplinary Commission into Bolton's failure to fulfil games with Brentford and Doncaster.
Williams also believed Bolton should have been hit with SEVEN-POINT deduction and not five for the offences they were charged with.
So the legal expert agreed with the EFL claim that the penalty was lenient but it was not 'too lenient' and therefore he did not over-rule it.
The whole astonishing details have been circulated to EFL clubs after the appeal report was finalised.
It raises huge questions about the EFL's handling of the case. They have been also been rapped for taking so long to charge Bolton on the Brentford cancellations.
The IDC decided that Bolton's penalty should be suspended because it would have relegated them if it had meant points docked this season.
The decision has also enraged Macclesfield who have now seen that a strike is considered a two-point offence.
Macc were docked FIVE points by the EFL after their game was called off by similar action by the players. They have now appealed.