February 29, 2024

Everton is prepared to resist any attempt by other teams to sue them for more than £200 million after their historic 10-point deduction.
The team was still in shock on Saturday following the largest fine in Premier League history for financial rule violations.

They have already promised to fight any attempt by teams like Leeds United, Leicester City, and Burnley to sue them, and they will appeal the sanction that allowed other teams to seek compensation.

Everton is also anticipated to oppose any attempt to force them to pay compensation over numerous seasons in light of a previous commission chair David Phillips KC judgment that Nottingham Forest, Burnley, Leeds, Leicester, and Southampton all had “potential claims.”

The first three were all demoted in the previous season, and only Burnley and Leeds would have remained in the top two divisions had Everton lost 10 points in either 2021–22 or 2022–23.

If compensation is limited to a single season, Leeds and Burnley might compete for a payout of approximately £100 million, which is the approximate amount of money needed for Premier League relegation.

Leicester would argue that the previous season should be included as, had the 10-point deduction been in place, they would have finished ahead of Everton and received over £2 million in additional prize money.

After trailing Everton by 11 points, Southampton might not have a case because Forest defeated their opponents in the end.

Any team wishing to file a claim for compensation had until Friday, 28 days, to do so with the same impartial panel that declared Everton guilty.

“The inference of a sporting advantage is one that should properly be drawn from the fact of a PSR breach, and that sporting advantage will have been enjoyed for each of the seasons on which the PSR calculation was based,” the independent commission that found Everton in violation of profit and sustainability (PSR) rules for the three seasons ending in 2021–2022 said. However, it also stated that “the club had not carried out ‘a deliberate cynical breach of the PSR to achieve a sporting advantage.”

The amount of any compensation payments would reduce the proposed £500 million sale of Everton to 777 Partners.

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