May 21, 2024

Everton’s points deduction has not just rocked the club, but arguably the entire footballing world.

 

Such a severe punishment has never been imposed on the English premier league; the closest parallel was Portsmouth’s nine-point deduction for going into administration.

 

It seems that, in a desperate bid to avoid government regulation, the Premier League has come down especially hard on the Toffees, seeking to make an example of them in the same way they did with Oumar Niasse with a retrospective diving ban that was never seen again.

 

However, despite grievances over the scale of the sanction, many can admit that some form of punishment was needed for Farhad Moshiri’s transgressions.

 

In fact, Paul Quinn, more commonly known as ‘The Esk’ on X, has sought to lay all of the blame at his doorstep whilst writing for The Guardian.

Whilst the bulk of his piece is spent arguing against the ten-point penalty, backing up his well-made points with pertinent evidence, he did showcase his understanding of the outcome brought on by years of misspending, writing: ‘However, for Everton, the execution was poor; appalling may be more accurate – that’s wholly acknowledged.’

However, he instantly refutes that by noting: ‘That said, is it right that sporting sanctions be applied to a club due to its poor ownership and leadership as against a wilful attempt to cheat or deceive? The decision specifically notes no acts of dishonesty.’

 

Perhaps the most important suggestion is the one aimed at Moshiri, seemingly blaming the Iranian who he has publicly slated for years now. He described his tenure as one where ‘money had been plentiful but common sense, good strategy and execution much less so.’

 

What are pundits saying about Everton’s points deduction?

 

It should mark some form of solace that the bulk of the mainstream media seems to be in defence of the sanction, arguing that it is far too excessive in line with the actual crime.

Jamie Carragher is one such name who continues to fight for Everton, given his long-running ties to the club, suggesting that the Toffees will still stay up despite the deduction.

Then, speaking on Sky Sports’ Soccer Saturday, both Tim Sherwood and Danny Mills were in agreement that the sanction was disproportionate and harsh, with the latter using the classic Manchester City example as the precedent Friday’s news will set.

 

With government regulation a clear threat to the financially-dominant model of the Premier League, it seems the Merseyside outfit have been made an example of to exert some form of control.

 

However, even that still seems set to fail, with Caroline Dinenage MP, Chair of the CMS Committee, using it as an example of why a regulator is now needed more than ever.

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