February 26, 2024

Jamie Carragher, criticising rival Premier League clubs, called the 10-point deduction given to Everton “excessive & not right.”


As the independent commission’s decision was made public on November 17, the Sky Sports pundit responded on Twitter, saying the Toffees are “being used” to demonstrate the lack of need for an independent football regulator.


Sean Dyche’s team dropped to 19th place in the league, ahead of Burnley on goal differential. The former Liverpool defender expressed that this “doesn’t feel right,” given that his team and the other teams that attempted to qualify for the European Super League were spared “no sanction at all.”


Carragher wrote: “The 10 point deduction for Everton is excessive & not right, considering they have been working with the PL about this for the last couple of years.


“Would it have been better to be evasive & try & drag it out like other clubs?


“No doubt relegated clubs will have put big pressure on the PL to deal with Everton, but when you consider 6 clubs tried to leave the PL & there was no sanction at all it doesn’t feel right.


Everton believes they are being used to demonstrate there is no need for an independent regulator until other clubs receive approval, and they are correct in this assessment.


After that, he made a live appearance on Sky Sports to restate his position and refer to the 10-point hit as “an awful lot.”



The Premier League have sought to have the book thrown and Everton and it looks like they have got what they wanted, pending an appeal and another, no-doubt drawn-out, process.


If the Toffees’ finances have breached the rules then that is one thing, and a punishment of some sort would be unavoidable, but one as heavy as this for a single breach feels like a statement.


And it is impossible to view this situation in isolation when so many other factors involved and arguably, although Everton’s recent relegation rivals may beg to differ, where the stakes are far greater.

The football authorities feel their power under threat from Westminster in the form of the planned independent regulator, with legislation announced in the King’s Speech earlier this month [Guardian, 7 November], and want to portray strength.


Such plans were born out of the failed European Super League debacle, from which Liverpool, Chelsea, Manchester City, Manchester United, Tottenham and Arsenal received a slap on the wrist in the form of a joint payment and a promise not to do it again, and yet the Toffees have worked alongside the league over their finances and been hit far harder.


As Carragher points out, it’s also important to acknowledge that City, who have won five of the last six Premier League titles, are currently facing more than 100 times as many unresolved charges as Everton, who were recently punished, and that their trophy collection shows no signs of stopping.


The treble winners, like the Toffees, deny any wrongdoing, but the most recent development won’t change the perception that Everton was being used as a pawn by the Premier League in their larger battle with City.

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