April 14, 2024

Former Everton chief executive Keith Wyness would be “very surprised” if the punishment handed to the club was not reduced.

The Toffees were recently deducted 10 points after being found guilty of breaching the Premier League’s profit and sustainability rules.

But Wyness, who was in charge at the Goodison club between 2004 and 2009, is expecting the sanction to be reduced after Everton’s appeal.

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“I’d be shocked if the punishment wasn’t reduced,” Wyness stated to Total Sport Merseyside, as cited by BBC Sport on November 29.

“I’m hoping they recognize the errors in their reasoning—they made a suspended point deduction, they improperly accepted the mitigating circumstances, and there is a larger pecuniary punishment. At minimum, it need to be decreased.

“It should be noted that Everton did acknowledge his culpability, which is the issue. It might not have been the largest breach ever, but it must be acknowledged that even £1 [over] is a breach.

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Reduction incoming?

Everyone connected with Everton are unsurprisingly still feeling the effects of the punishment, particularly given how some of their Premier League rivals have seemingly gotten away with financial breaches thus far.

But it certainly isn’t the end of this story regarding the Merseyside club, who will be keen to have some form of positive impact on proceedings with their appeal.

The punishment came at a time when the club were enjoying themselves on the pitch, with Sean Dyche having orchestrated wins against the likes of West Ham and Crystal Palace.

Such displays helped them climb to 14th place in the Premier League table, but all of their hard work was then undone with the 10-point deduction, with Everton crashing all the way down to 19th place.

Supporters will certainly follow the situation closely in the coming months and weeks, eager for any form of lighter punishment as the Toffees look to climb the table.

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