The Premier League has recommended a 12-point for Everton’s alleged breach of profit and sustainability rules. A report from The Telegraph claims the league wants an ‘extremely severe’ punishment. PL recommends to deduct maximum 12 points of Everton.
An independent commission is currently assessing Everton’s situation. However, they are due to make a decision by the end of the year. They are currently at just three points above the relegation zone. It means that, any punishment could see them sent down to the Championship in May. Moreover, Everton’s case involves a spend of £371.8million over a three-year period. It is well over the £105m of their permission to spend under league regulations.
The club have said they will ‘robustly defend’ their position, and cite exemptions such as the Covid-19 pandemic contributing to the overspend.
PL recommends to deduct Everton’s points:
Despite The Telegraph’s report, the Premier League has only made one statement on Everton’s breaches, back in March. It read:
“The proceedings before the commission will, in accordance with Premier League Rule W.82, be confidential and heard in private.“Under Premier League Rule W.82.2, the Commission’s final award will be published on the Premier League’s website. The League will be making no further comment until that time.”
Hence, PL recommends to deduct at least 12 points of Everton.
Everton soon released a statement in response, saying:
“Everton Football Club is disappointed to hear of the Premier League’s decision to refer an allegation of a breach of Profit & Sustainability regulations to an independent commission for review.”
However, the club strongly contests the allegation of non-compliance and together with its independent team of experts is entirely confident that it remains compliant with all financial rules and regulations.
“Everton is ready to robustly defend its position to the commission. The club has, over several years, provided information to the Premier League in an open and transparent manner and has consciously chosen to act with the utmost good faith at all times.”The club will not be making any further comment at this time.”
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