May 18, 2024

Leon Osman slams Premier League after new Everton charge as ‘leniency’ verdict shared

Former Everton midfielder Leon Osman expected the Premier League to show leniency towards the Toffees regarding their latest charge for breaching financial rules.

Both the Merseyside club and Nottingham Forest have been referred to an independent commission for alleged breaches of profit and sustainability rules.

Everton have already received a points deduction this season for the same offence, although they are currently appealing that charge.

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“Ultimately when you strip it all back, if people fall foul of the rules that are in place then everyone will say that you have to be punished,” Osman said on BBC Radio 5 Live, as per BBC Sport (17 December).

“But for me if you can see that there are mitigating circumstances at play, like Nottingham Forest selling a player to make sure they fall into the right place for the rules, which took longer but was better for the club – should that be taken into account? Should Everton’s new stadium be taken into account?

“I would have expected a little bit of leniency from the Premier League but it doesn’t seem like that is the way they are going about it.”

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Harsh?

The Premier League are clearly taking a strict approach to such offences, with Nottingham Forest joining the Toffees in being charged.

And it doesn’t look like things will end there, with the likes of Manchester City and perhaps Chelsea set for charges in the near future.

Everton will, of course, feel very hard done by given how they have already been punished this season, with the Merseyside outfit dropping down the league table after being slapped with a 10-point deduction.

That sanction did, however, galvanise Sean Dyche and his players as they went on a superb run to claw those points back.

But results haven’t been so great in more recent times, with the Toffees slipping back down towards the dreaded relegation zone.

Dyche’s men currently sit 17th in the Premier League table, a place and a point above Luton Town, although the latter do have a game in hand over the former.

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