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LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - APRIL 07: Farhad Moshiri, owner of Everton FC (R) speaks with Bill Kenwright, CEO of Everton prior to the Premier League match between Everton FC and Arsenal FC at Goodison Park on April 07, 2019 in Liverpool, United Kingdom. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)

TalkSPORT pundit blames key Everton figures for points deduction


Everton have been dealt a hammer blow with the news of their points deduction, as the newfound positivity from recent weeks has been snatched away.


Dragged from eight points clear of the drop to joint-bottom of the table, the Premier League are dead wrong if they think the Toffees will gladly go down without a fight.


Especially given that excitement brought on by their good form has now been translated into anger, with the ownership no longer the target, but the division instead.

A huge sum of money has been raised to demonstrate against them, whilst many sections of the media have rallied to defend them too.


Pundit Tony Cascarino is the latest, who spoke on TalkSPORT about the debacle and how the ownership must take the blame.


He noted: ‘The good thing for Everton is that now they can move forward, and I think they have to take it on the chin as a club, which they will do I’m sure, and then move forward and don’t ever get in this position again.


‘This has opened a can of worms hasn’t it, it’s also opened the can of worms about Man City and Chelsea, and maybe other clubs. Someone has to be the test case.


‘Only problem I have with all this, is that if they have been transparent and everything’s above board, it’s clear as day that you ignored a lot. You must have known that you cannot spend the way you have and that would be an issue for me as well.


‘The fans had a reason why they were so angry at the people upstairs. And that was because they saw huge negligence at their club.’


Why have Everton been deducted points?

To put it simply, Everton have been deducted points for breaching the Premier League’s profit and sustainability rules.


However, there is far more within the commission’s report that details exactly where they went wrong, much of which could certainly be debated.



After all, having overspent those regulations by just £19m, it could be argued that a ten-point deduction is an overly harsh sanction, a notion which many of the Sky Sports panel agreed with.


Having been referred to the independent commission in March for alleged breaches, the hearing that took place came to the conclusion that the harshest penalty in Premier League history was a worthy punishment for the crime.


Even Portsmouth, who went into administration, did not receive such a nasty sanction.


The division’s rules state that clubs can lose up to £105m over a three-year cycle to stay within those aforementioned profit and sustainability rules.


Everton have already outlined their intention to appeal the ruling, with numerous valid arguments sprouting from the media and fanbase.

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