May 18, 2024

Everton has been docked ten points for the probe that began with a letter written by Burnley chairman Alan Pace and Leeds United CEO Angus Kinnear. The Athletic claims that both teams are included in relation to their significant contributions to the Premier League’s historic penalty.

Over the course of three years, an independent panel determined that Everton had overspent by £19.5 million, while top-flight clubs were allowed to lose £105 million. In their statement, the Toffees said that they would file an appeal against the Friday ruling, calling it a “wholly inappropriate and unjust sporting sanction.”

Leeds chief executive Angus Kinnear

According to the report, Burnley and Leeds—two teams that were fighting relegation at the end of the 2021–2022 season—sent a letter in May 2022 requesting information about Everton’s £371.8 million in losses over a three-year span. Leeds, led by Jesse Marsch, defeated Brentford on the penultimate day to avoid relegation, although they were relegated the following year.

The commission went on to describe the overspending that Burnley and the Whites had initially brought to light as a “serious breach that requires a significant penalty.” As a result, ahead of their return to action against Manchester United following the international break, Sean Dyche’s highly effective team is now tied for last place with the Clarets.

News of Everton’s points deduction was soon followed by claims that Leeds, along with Burnley and Leicester City, will now seek to sue the Toffees for damages worth up to £300 million. A ruling from David Phillips KC in May determined the trio, along with Southampton, would be able to apply for compensation from the Premier League should Everton be found to have breached the financial rules.

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