If Everton can be deducted ten points for one breach of the Premier League’s profit and sustainability rules, what could happen if Manchester City are found to have breached the rules 115 times?
News of Everton’s punishment on Friday quickly prompted attention to turn to City’s position, with speculation over how severe a punishment could be for the Blues. City reiterated their stance this week – that they welcome an independent review of the charges ‘to impartially consider the comprehensive body of irrefutable evidence that exists in support of its position.’
Everton issued a strong statement of their own, saying they intend to appeal and questioning the process that has led to this point. They also made a very strong hint that they will ‘monitor with great interest the decisions made in any other cases concerning the Premier League’s profit and sustainability rules.’
That suggests that City is the guilty party, and Everton and other teams anticipate a just punishment should it be determined that they broke the rules they are alleged to have broken. Given Manchester City is facing 114 more accusations than Everton, that might be a much tougher sentence for them. If nothing else, the volume of conversation that swiftly moved from Goodison Park to the Etihad indicates that Everton’s distraction tactic was successful.
Naturally, the Premier League will handle each issue on its own, and since the panel considering City’s case is autonomous, its rulings shouldn’t be impacted by those of other teams. There’s a good probability Everton’s case is settled before City’s since there are more charges to go through and it’s not believed that City’s case will be heard or decided for a while.
But given the severity of the charges against City, the record-breaking sentence for Everton raises the possibility that their future punishment will be far worse. Again, the City maintains that they are innocent of all charges and will be exonerated totally.
Furthermore, if Everton is effectively drawing a link between the two distinct cases, it may put pressure on the Premier League to be consistent in the penalties it imposes, which might complicate issues for both clubs. This is especially true if Everton is exploiting City’s case in their public pronouncements.
The most crucial thing to keep in mind is that, as of this week, nothing has changed regarding City’s case. Even if there are still a ton of unanswered questions regarding City’s charges and Everton’s punishment shouldn’t affect City’s case, the events of Friday will undoubtedly have been discussed at the Etihad and within the Blues’ legal staff.
In addition to expecting that the Premier League and independent commission can handle their own case as a completely separate matter when it is heard, City will be closely monitoring Everton’s appeal process.