May 17, 2024

In an article on CaughtOffside, the cult hero of Liverpool asserts that the Premier League has punished the Toffees before taking legal action against teams like Manchester City.

Everton dropped to 19th in the standings on Friday after being fined 10 points for violating the Premier League’s profit and sustainability regulations.

The league examined the financial records of every top-tier team for the 2021–22 season and, in March, submitted Everton to an independent committee. This led to the decision.

Over three years, Everton recorded losses of £124.5 million. Under the rules, teams can lose up to £105 million in total over that time.

The Toffees’ 10-point deduction is the largest sporting penalty the Premier League has ever imposed.

The choice to punish Everton has drawn attention to other Premier League investigations and the potential consequences for those teams should they also be found guilty.

For example, the Premier League has accused Manchester City of breaking more than a hundred laws.

Due to legal bickering on both sides, a ruling has not yet been reached, and City has denied any wrongdoing.

In the meantime, Chelsea is being looked at for possible violations that occurred during Roman Abramovich’s ownership period.

According to Collymore, the Premier League established a precedent with the Everton ruling before going on to other cases.

 

‘Fairly harsh’

“My take on it is painfully simple,” he wrote on CaughtOffside.

“The Premier League are looking to shore up their defence against Manchester City.

“They know that City are going to be lawyered up to the hilt following 115 charges brought against them, so the Premier League need to make sure they come armed with an example and unfortunately for Everton, they’re it.

“The fact the Premier League have gone straight in with a 10-point deduction probably tells you that they feel they have a very strong case against Manchester City.

“What they’ve basically done today with Everton is set the punishment’s baseline at a 10-point deduction.

“In my opinion, to be deducted 10 points for a £20 million deficit is fairly harsh to one of English football’s founding fathers and I’m sure other clubs will sympathise with them.

“From my perspective, it’s really simple though. I have absolutely no problem with Everton being docked points.

“I think 10 is a bit harsh, as I said above, but I wouldn’t have a problem with any team being docked points if they’d broken financial rules – and that includes Aston Villa, by the way.

“But if the Premier League are going in hard, then they need to go in hard on any club that breaks the rules.

“Points deduction is one thing, but at what point do we start considering voiding silverware? There has to be an incentive there for clubs not to break the rules.”

Everton intend to appeal the decision, saying they are ‘both shocked and disappointed’ by the finding.

This appeal will be heard by another independent panel, not the same people who brought forward Friday’s verdict.

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