February 25, 2024

Everton have been given a 10-point deduction after breaching the Premier League’s profit and sustainability rules; Sky Sports’ Jamie Carragher labels punishment “excessive”; Everton drop to second-bottom and are two points adrift of safety; Carragher “certain” Everton will avoid relegation.

The Toffees have been handed the largest sporting sanction in Premier League history that has seen them drop to second-bottom on four points.

The Premier League referred Everton to an independent commission in March for an alleged breach of its profitability and sustainability rules in the period ending in the 2021/22 season.

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The rules allow clubs to lose a maximum £105m over a three-year period but Everton were found to have lost £124.5m leading to a 10-point deduction.

“I think it’s excessive,” Carragher told Sky Sports News. “We’re talking about £20m – it is a small figure when you think of the Premier League now and transfer fees.

“It just feels to me, to take points off clubs is really tough. That punishment has to be the last resort. You can have a transfer embargo, a fine, especially for a club like Everton right now, where they have spent over £20m.

“It feels excessive and I feel for Everton, especially what is going on with other clubs. There were certain Big Six clubs with what happened with the European Super League where they threatened to leave the league, with a £22m fine spread between the six clubs.

“So when you think of that and compare it to Everton being done with a 10-point deduction – it puts them almost at the bottom of the league, I think it’s excessive.

“I don’t think Everton are saying they haven’t gone above the threshold. They admit that.

“There’s no doubt that they have broken the rules and when you do that, you should be punished. But taking 10 points off a team is a lot. I think it feels excessive. This is unprecedented, we have never seen this level of sanction before.

“Maybe Everton will feel they’re getting punished, they will feel they are the ones getting used at this moment. There’s a lot of talk about an independent regulator coming into English football so I can understand this feeling.”

Carra: I’m certain Everton will stay up

Everton were, prior to their points loss, 14th in the league table, eight points above the bottom three.

But Sean Dyche’s side have now been dragged into a relegation battle as they sit 19th and two points adrift of safety.

Only two clubs have previously been docked points in Premier League history. Middlesbrough were deducted three for failing to fulfil a fixture against Blackburn in 1996/97, and Portsmouth were stripped of nine after entering administration in March 2010.

Neither club were able to avoid relegation following those sanctions, but Carragher is confident Everton will stay up.

He said: “Of course, it will hurt the fans, but it will galvanise them. They will feel the world it against them.

“It won’t make Manchester United’s job any easier when they go to Goodison Park next Sunday.

“If truth be told, if you were ever going to get a points deduction at any point in the Premier League era, it would probably be this one.

“I know Everton are fighting against this, but they will be in the Premier League next season even with this points deduction. I’m pretty certain of that.

“I think Everton will be fine. We all agree there are three teams who have struggled in the Premier League, you feel for them as they have come up from the Championship.

“You talk about the battle for 40 points, if you get over 30 you have a great chance of staying up. That’s no disrespect to Burnley, Sheffield United and Luton, they’ve just found it really difficult for whatever reason.

“If you look at the size of the club of Everton, the team they have and the experience Sean Dyche has and the fact they have won five out of the last seven, they will go into these games in great form.

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