Everton could be hit with a further points deduction that may push them closer to relegation from the top-flight as rivals clubs prepare to launch a legal challenge. The Toffees have already had 10 points deducted from them this season by the Premier League for breaching financial regulations, and the Merseyside club’s woes could be exacerbated with a second deduction of nine points, according to reports.
Everton were referred to an independent commission in March for alleged breaches relating to the 2021-22 season before a hearing took place last month.
And their punishment was confirmed when the Premier League announced on Friday that the club had been hit with a 10-point deduction effective immediately, causing them to slide down to 19th in the table with just four points on the board.
Burnley, Leeds and Leicester are set to launch a compensation claim against Everton, which would be heard by another three-person panel appointed by the Premier League before the end of the season.
If they are forced to pay up a figure which could run into tens of millions of pounds, the club may be forced into administration, according to the Daily Mail.
That is because Everton’s current owners, 777 Partners, reportedly do not have the funds to settle the compensation bill. In that case, could leave the club facing administration which triggers an automatic nine-point penalty, as introduced by the Premier League 19 years ago.