April 12, 2024

Latest Aston Villa and Wolverhampton Wanderers news from BirminghamLive as Premier League prepare to study Everton’s latest accounts amid fears of new breach of finance rules

Everton fans protest against a 10 point deduction before the Premier League match between Everton FC and Manchester United

Everton could face another points deduction this season on top of the 10-point penalty dished out by an independent commission for breaching the Premier League’s profit and sustainability rules.

The likes of Aston Villa, Wolves and other Premier League teams will be watching with interest as the Toffees prepare to appeal against their original punishment, which was handed down on November 17 and saw them drop into the relegation zone, five points from safety.

And now the Times report that Everton could be in hot water again when they submit their accounts for the 2022-23 season to the Premier League.

Clubs now have to do so before December 31 instead of March, and new regulations brought in during the summer mean any straightforward breach of financial rules will be fast-tracked so they are dealt with before the end of the season.

On that basis, the Times claims there are fears that if the same calculation system is used again, Everton could find themselves sailing close to breaching the rules for a second time.

The end-of-season deadline brought in by the new rules covers single or straightforward breaches of the league’s financial fair play rules. This is separate to the more complex cases involving Manchester City and potentially Chelsea.

The Times also claims the Premier League had suggested in August that the commission imposed a sanction of a basic six points plus another point for every £5m that Everton breached the limit of £105m in losses over three seasons. However, they report that the commission dismissed the suggestion, and Everton were ultimately found guilty of breaching FFP rules by £19.5m.

The Merseysiders narrowly escaped relegation to the Championship last season after finishing the campaign two points clear of the bottom three.

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