The appeal hearing that Everton hope will see their 10-point deduction reduced is set to begin this month, according to the Liverpool Echo.
In November, Everton received the highest number of points possible following their conviction for violating the competition’s financial regulations.
Not long later, the Toffees, who could soon be subject to a second deduction in a different instance, declared they will file an official appeal.
A date for that hearing has been set, according to an article written by Joe Thomas for the Liverpool Echo’s web edition on January 21.
“Everton hope to make progress against the deduction during an appeal hearing that is expected to start this month,” he wrote.
Strap yourselves in
Everton are in for a rather hectic time of things both on and off the field over the next four months.
On top of this appeal against the severity of the 10-point deduction, they will also lodge another appeal after being charged with more financial breaches this week.
It is a rather farcical situation in that the process of every club submitting their financial accounts for the most recent year had to be lodged earlier than ever.
This was so that any deductions could kick in this season, yet the appeals process is not expected to conclude until a week after the campaign ends.
At the very least, Everton should know whether this 10-point deduction – or any of it – still stands within the coming weeks.
Subsequently, attention will shift to the other accusation; however, it remains unclear if Everton will be subject to a financial penalty, a points penalty, or both.
Between now and the end of the season, the fixtures will be announced one after the other quickly.
The players’ only responsibility is to make sure there are as many points as possible on the board to negate the impact of any additional penalties.