Carragher: Everton's points deduction threat is bad news for Man City

‘Man City will go down five divisions!’: Jamie Carragher says the Premier League’s push for Everton 12-point deduction is bad news for champions facing 115 charges – but admits it’s ‘gone very quiet’

  • Jamie Carragher said Everton’s risk of a points deduction is bad news for City 
  • He claimed they could drop five divisions with champions facing 115 charges 
  • The Toffees could be docked 12 points if they are found guilty of any breaches 

Jamie Carragher believes Everton’s threat of a 12-point deduction over alleged FFP breaches spells bad news for Man City, who are facing over 115 charges of breaking financial rules.

The Premier League have reportedly recommended a huge punishment for the Toffees – which would put them on negative points – if they are found guilty of breaching financial fair play rules, according to the Telegraph.

Everton’s disciplinary hearing has already started in secret and verdict on their financial situation is expected later this week – but there have been few developments on Man City’s case in recent months.

Earlier this year it was revealed that Man City were facing 115 financial rule break charges that could result their own points deduction – or even expulsion from the top flight – after a four year investigation looking into sponsors and contracts.

Reacting to the Everton news on X, former Everton academy star and Liverpool legend Carragher claimed that if the Toffees were facing a 12-point deduction for one charge, City’s punishment could be far worse.

Jamie Carragher suggested Everton’s risk of a 12-point deduction is bad news for Man City

He claimed City could ‘end up in the National League North’ after charges were revealed earlier this year

The Toffees could be docked points if they are found to have breached financial fair play rules

He claimed the Premier League champions ‘are going to end up in the National League North’ if top flight officials got their way. 

‘The Premier League want a 12 point deduction for Everton for one charge,’ he wrote. Man City are going to end up in the National League North if the Premier League get their way!!’

He questioned why news around Manchester City’s investigation had gone quiet while Everton have faced more publicity around their alleged breaches. 

‘Unbelievable the amount of stories that come out about Everton’s situation, but Man City’s, which has 114 more charges and has gone on for much longer, has gone very quiet. 

Everton are currently 16th in the league after seven points from nine games and would drop to minus five points, leaving them with a major uphill task to stay in the league. 

If found guilty, Man City (Erling Haaland pictured) could face a points deduction or expulsion

The club have strongly denied any wrongdoing, and believe they will be cleared as they claim they received allowances from the Premier League due to the financial impact of the Covid-19 pandemic. 

Man City, meanwhile, are facing a number of charges relating to financial information regarding revenue, details of manager and player remuneration, UEFA regulations, profitability and sustainability and co-operation with Premier League investigations. 

After the news surfaced in February, a statement from the league said alleged breaches were committed from September 2009 to the 2017-18 season, with an independent commission set to take the case further.

However, it could take years for the commission to come to a conclusion. 

At the time, City – who were served legal papers on the same day the charges were announced by the Premier League – said they were ‘surprised’.

City are accused of breaching financial rules more than 100 times in nine seasons (Sheikh Mansour pictured speaking with chairman Khaldoon Al Mubarak) 

‘The Club welcomes the review of this matter by an independent Commission, to impartially consider the comprehensive body of irrefutable evidence that exists in support of its position,’ it said.

‘As such we look forward to this matter being put to rest once and for all.’

Back then Carragher had reacted sarcastically to the news, writing on X: ‘This can’t be right, Man City bring in more commercial revenue than Real Madrid, Barcelona, Bayern Munich, Man Utd & Liverpool.’ 

He later claimed winning the Treble would be ‘worthless’ if they were found guilty of any of the alleged charges.

Responding to a fan’s post goading Carragher for suggesting Erling Haaland may have chosen the wrong team, he replied: ‘Hopefully you don’t get a guilty with any of those 115 charges which will make it all worthless!’ 

List of charges against Man City 

Details of the Premier League Rules that the Man City is alleged to have breached are as follows:

1. In respect of each of Seasons 2009/10 to 2017/18 inclusive, the Premier League Rules applicable in those seasons that required provision by a member club to the Premier League, in the utmost good faith, of accurate financial information that gives a true and fair view of the club’s financial position, in particular with respect to its revenue (including sponsorship revenue), its related parties and its operating costs, namely:

(a) for Season 2009/10, Premier League Rules B.13, C.71, C.72, C.75 (amended to C.79 from 10 September 2009 for the remainder of Season 2009/10) and C.80;

(b) for Season 2010/11, Premier League Rules B.13, C.78, C.79, C.86 and C.87;

(c) for Season 2011/12, Premier League Rules B.13, E.3, 4, E.11 and E.12;

(d) for Season 2012/13, Premier League Rules 16, E.3, E.4, E.11 and E.12;

(e) for Season 2013/14, Premier League Rules 15, E.3, E.4, E.11, E.12 and E.49;

(f) for Season 2014/15, Premier League Rules 16, E.3, E.4, E.11, E.12 and E.50;

(g) for Season 2015/16, Premier League Rules 16, E.3, E.4, E.11, E.12 and E.50;

(h) for Season 2016/17, Premier League Rules16, E.3, E.4, E.11, E.12 and E.51; and

(i) for Season 2017/18, Premier League Rules B.16, 3, E.4, E.11, E.12 and E.51.

2. In respect of:

(a) each of Seasons 2009/10 to 2012/13 inclusive, the Premier League Rules applicable in those Seasons requiring a member club to include full details of manager remuneration in its relevant contracts with its manager, namely:

(1) for Seasons 2009/10 to 2011/12 inclusive, Premier League Rules Q.7 and Q.8; and

(2) for Season 2012/13, Premier League Rules P.7 and P.8; and

(b) each of Seasons 2010/11 to 2015/16 inclusive, the Premier League Rules applicable in those Seasons requiring a member club to include full details of player remuneration in its relevant contracts with its players, namely:

(1) for Seasons 2010/11 and 2011/12, Premier League Rules K.12 and K.20;

(2) for Season 2012/13, Premier League Rules T.12 and T.20;

(3) for Seasons 2013/14 and 2014/15, Premier League Rules T.12 and T.19; and

(4) for Season 2015/16, Premier League Rules T.13 and T.20.

3. In respect of each of Seasons 2013/14 to 2017/18 inclusive, the Premier League Rules applicable in those Seasons requiring a member club to comply with UEFA’s regulations, including UEFA’s Club Licensing and Financial Fair Play Regulations, namely:

(a) for Season 2013/14, Premier League Rule B.14.6; and

(b) for Seasons 2014/15 to 2017/18 inclusive, Premier League Rule B.15.6.

4. In respect of each of the Seasons 2015/16 to 2017/18 inclusive, the Premier League Rules applicable in those Seasons on Profitability and Sustainability, namely:

(a) for Season 2015/16, Premier League Rules E.52 to E.60; and

(b) for Seasons 2016/17 and 2017/18, Premier League Rules E.53 to E.60.

5. In respect of the period from December 2018 to date, the Premier League Rules applicable in the relevant Seasons requiring a member club to cooperate with, and assist, the Premier League in its investigations, including by providing documents and information to the Premier League in the utmost good faith, namely:

(a) for Season 2018/19, Premier League Rules B.16, B.19, W.1, W.2, W.12 and W.13;

(b) for Season 2019/20, Premier League Rules B.16, B.19, W.1, W.2, W.12 and W.13;

(c) for Season 2020/21, Premier League Rules B.16, B.19, W.1, W.2, W.12 and W.13;

(d) for Season 2021/22, Premier League Rules B.15, B.18, W.1, W.2, W.15 and W.16; and

(e) for Season 2022/23, Premier League Rules B.15, B.18, W.1, W.2, W.15 and W.16.

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