The reaction to Everton’s point deduction was exactly what one could anticipate from a supporters group that is never one to back down from a fight against injustice.
After all, the decision was rendered months ago, and demonstrations are still ongoing while the appeal is already underway in the background.
First dressing Goodison Park in a sea of pink ‘CORRUPT’ cards, a series of chants and banners were produced to not only air their grievances towards the Premier League, but also to inspire a side that so easily could have crumbled after such a landmark punishment.
There is a quiet hopefulness that some kind of remuneration could emerge from that aforementioned appeal, but as of yet, they remain 17th, still firmly engrossed in a relegation battle.
However, reports elsewhere are now suggesting that the worst could actually be set to occur, and that another FFP breach might be in the offing.
Were Everton to be deducted more points, the fanbase might just implode from pure fury directed at the division.
Will Everton be deducted more points?
Speaking on the BBC’s Transfer Gossip Daily podcast, journalist Luke Edwards sought to offer his verdict on the likelihood that the Toffees will receive an additional sanction.
He would note: ‘The problem for Everton is, and we’re going to talk about another story later on about this, the rumours in football are that Everton are still very very close to another, a second, profit and sustainability breach.
‘They’ve already been docked ten points and that unfortunately means that vultures are going to circle now, I can’t imagine they’re going to sell Branthwaite this month, I think we’re talking about £80m, £90m asking price to sign him.’
Will Everton have to sell players this January?
When delving back through their recent activity in the transfer market, it seems wholly unfeasible that another deduction could be in the works. After all, Everton are one of just two clubs to have posted a profit in the last three transfer windows, having offloaded their star men without reinvesting heavily to plug those gaps created.
However, given their impressive form this campaign under Sean Dyche, a number of new assets have emerged, with the rest of the Premier League and even some of Europe’s elite now keeping tabs on them.
As Edwards points out, many elite teams are interested in players like Branthwaite and Amadu Onana, so it could be difficult to hold onto them in the long run.
However, they won’t probably have to make a large financial sacrifice in January, and if they are to suffer the consequences, it’s too late to try to abide by the constantly shifting financial regulations. Fans should probably begin to worry about this youthful spine’s ongoing existence in the summer.