People need to realise we paid a settlement amount, we weren't fined.
As per the BBC article: http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/43146018
We paid a settlement after we argued the toss with the EFL that we only exceeded the allowed loss limit due to costs following promotion. I guess the EFL thought it better to settle, as we had a good case, considering the rules are so shit. It says to me that we could have carried on battling the case and walked away without paying anything (although, I imagine lawyer costs for this could exceed the settlement figure). Aren't QPR in a similar battle, considering their interpretation of the rules?
All-in-all, this just goes to show how shit FFP is. The rules and guidelines are unclear at best, and clubs really aren't being penalised for overspending as long as they get promoted (see us, Bournemouth, Wolves when they get promoted). Had Forest got promoted after all their spending, I doubt their fans would be moaning. At least our owners have had a clear vision and executed it tremendously well, to get us into a great financial position (league win/European money aside).
People will enjoy dragging our name through the mud for a while (especially our near, lower-league neighbours) whilst Manchester City go and pump millions of oil money through their club and spend £50m a pop on fullbacks.