February 20, 2024

Everton have very often been a club of firsts.

As one of the founding members of the English Football League, they were the first to create a purpose-built football stadium in Goodison Park, before also being the first to put numbers on the back of their shirts.

More recently, however, those firsts have turned most sinister. In 2017, the Toffees were the first side to be hit with the FA’s brand-new retrospective diving ban, with Oumar Niasse the culprit. Such a ruling has never been seen again.

And now, in classic Everton fashion, the Merseyside outfit are the first club to be deducted ten points in Premier League history, surpassing Portsmouth’s nine-point docking in 2010 for entering administration.

Under Sean Dyche, a glimmer of hope had reappeared for Evertonians, who had seen their side win six of their last nine in all competitions.

Crystal Palace v Everton FC - Premier League

Whilst they will hope to maintain such form despite their punishment, Sky Sports’ Kaveh Solhekol has sought to detail the strategy set to be implemented, after hinting just yesterday that their appeal could prove fruitful.

What did Kaveh Solhekol say about Everton’s appeal?

Speaking on a Q&A, he would note: ‘We don’t have an exact timeframe on how long the appeal process will take but every effort will be made to make sure it will be completed before the end of the season.

‘The last thing the Premier League will want is there to be any uncertainty over who is staying up and who is going down at the end of the season.

Crystal Palace v Everton FC - Premier League

‘Everton had 14 days to lodge their appeal and they have already made it clear that they will be taking up that option.

‘What their appeal will focus on will be trying to convince the panel that they should be allowed to make the extra £19.5m worth of deductions that they wanted to which would have prevented them from breaching the rules.’

Will Everton have to sell anyone following the deduction?

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