Everton have been deducted ten points for breaching financial rules. The Premier League club immediately announced that it would appeal against the penalty.
“We are shocked and disappointed by the Premier League’s decision,” Everton said in a statement statement . It is the toughest sanction in the history of the Premier League.
In the first twelve games of the season, Everton collected fourteen points, putting it in fourteenth place. Due to the points deduction, the team of Dutch attacker Arnaut Danjuma drops to the penultimate place and is in acute danger of relegation.
According to the Premier League, Everton breached financial fair play rules in the 2021/’22 season. That was a year after the departure of Dutch technical director Marcel Brands, who started working at PSV.
Everton calls the punishment “completely disproportionate and unjust”. The club emphasizes that it has cooperated transparently with the Premier League investigation. “The severity of the sanction does not reflect the evidence we have submitted,” Everton wrote.
The Premier League reports that Everton admitted losses of 124.5 million pounds (142.5 million euros) during a five-day hearing. According to the rules, this should have been a maximum of £105 million.
In the 2021/’22 season, Everton battled relegation for a long time and finished sixteenth. Last year too, the club, which has been continuously active in the highest English division since 1954, barely managed to survive.
It is only the third time that a club in the Premier League has been punished with points deductions. This previously happened to Blackburn Rovers (three points in 1996/’97) and Portsmouth (nine points in 2009/’10).
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