Alan Shearer believes Everton’s point deduction is ‘incredibly harsh’
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The Toffees have been deducted ten points for breaching Financial Fair Play regulations
Alan Shearer is the latest former player to have his say on Everton’s recent ten point deduction for breaching Financial Fair Play regulations. The Newcastle United legend says the points deduction, which sees the Toffees drop into the relegation zone two points from safety, is incredibly harsh.
Shearer told The Rest Is Football Podcast: “To me, it seems incredibly harsh when you’re talking about a figure of £19.5m. When you look at the grand scheme of things in Premier League football, £19.5m and to be docked that many points, that to me is incredibly harsh, is it?
“In terms of sending a message out with the 10-point deduction, then if there is a time – which is obviously I think hugely harsh on them, but if there is going to be a time you are going to be deducted 10 points – then this is probably the season that you think at least we have got a realistic chance of getting out of the mess we find ourselves in.
“Because the standard at the bottom is as bad as it’s been for a long time. I think they will recover and they will get out of it.
“I think with the manager and players that they have got, they have already shown that they have got enough ability. If there is a season it is going to happen, perhaps this is the season.
“I had them on the brink anyway. But what I have seen in the last six weeks, I believe they would have definitely stayed and I think even now, with this 10-point deficit, I think they will stay up.”
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