Many in the football industry have been taken aback by this report, given the Premier League has made it clear how seriously they take financial misconduct.
Everton are fighting their case
Soon after the announcement of a 10-point deduction, Everton made it clear in a statement that they intended to challenge the penalty. It’s interesting to note that the Toffees mention at the end of their website piece that they will be keeping an eye on the instances involving other clubs that have not yet received a punishment. The Merseyside club may have alluded to possible charges against teams like Chelsea and Manchester City, who may face fines due to a variety of financial issues.
The Liverpool City Region’s mayor, Steve Rotherham, personally wrote the Premier League to express his opposition to the punishment against Everton. The issue has even reached Parliament, as reported by the BBC, with Liverpool MP Ian Byrne introducing an early day resolution in the House of Commons in response to the punishment being described as “grossly unfair.”
Many people who don’t typically follow football seem to be supporting Everton, and celebrities like Jamie Carragher and Dominic King have also expressed their displeasure. The Goodison Park faithful are also exerting every effort to criticize the Premier League for what they see as an unfair penalty, and a group of supporters known as The 1878s has amassed a substantial sum of money to support demonstrations.
In an earlier interview with GIVEMESPORT, Brown expressed his belief that there is a good chance Everton will be able to get their 10-point deduction lowered following an appeal. Supporters now have to wait patiently as the club builds its case; players and staff at the Finch Farm training complex must concentrate on making sure they can keep getting results over the next weeks.
Paul Brown verdict
Brown has discussed the prospect of Everton appealing the sanction but has insisted that he’s not surprised that the club were given a points deduction. The journalist adds that there is a ‘chink of light’ for the Merseyside club due to there being an argument that the 10-point deduction was ‘unfair and disproportionate’. Speaking to GIVEMESPORT, Brown said…
“I wasn’t entirely surprised they were punished. It seemed a pretty clear-cut case and it seemed there was an appetite at the Premier League as well because they’re under pressure to show that they can self-regulate. It seemed pretty likely that Everton would be punished in some way. I was expecting a points deduction. I was surprised that it was 10, but you do have to remember that the Premier League had pushed for 12. So the panel did actually refuse the full penalty that the Premier League were looking for. But as I say, I do think there’s a chink of light here, it will go to appeal. Everton can’t really appeal against the decision itself in terms of their guilt because they’ve already accepted guilt here. But they will appeal on the strength of the sanction which I think many people feel is unfair and disproportionate.”
The club deserve plenty of the blame
Although many Evertonians are angry with the Premier League and the independent commission for the sanction against them, it’s hard for anyone to argue that they’ve done no wrong. Under Farhad Moshiri, the Toffees have handled their finances poorly and the whole situation could have been avoided internally, rather than relying on an investigation going in their favour.
The anger and disappointment is completely understandable, but the supporters at Goodison Park need key figures behind the scenes to take some accountability in order to prevent anything like this from ever happening again. The decisions of those in the boardroom at Everton have had a major impact on the fans, who certainly don’t deserve to see their team fighting for relegation despite Dyche providing some impressive results in recent weeks.