Everton deducted 10 points in record-breaking punishment
Everton’s 10-point deduction will be considered in UK Parliament after Ian Byrne, Labour MP for West Derby, slammed the punishment handed down by an independent Premier League Commission. The Toffees have fallen back into the thick of a relegation battle after making a solid start to the season under Sean Dyche, with financial problems continuing to wreak havoc at Goodison Park.
Everton were found to have lost £124.5million in 2021/22, with English top-flight clubs permitted to lose a maximum of £105m over a three-year period according to current regulations.
The Toffees were consequently slapped with a huge 10-point penalty – the biggest sporting punishment in Premier League history. Dyche’s side are now level on points with 20th-place Burnley, despite having won four matches this campaign.
In response, Byrne has tabled an early day motion in the House of Commons, which will be considered by MPs this week.
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“This House condemns the grossly unjust points deduction imposed on Everton Football Club by a Premier League Commission, a punishment lacking any legal or equitable foundation or justification for the level of sanction,” part of the motion read.
“Financial-not-sporting penalties for far more severe breaches have been applied, including the industry-and-community-threatening European Super League.”
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Byrne also urged the government to speed up the establishment of an independent regulator. As part of last month’s speech, King Charles III said the introduction would ‘safeguard the future of football clubs for the benefit of communities and fans’.
Everton are set to appeal their punishment after the commission dismissed a range of mitigating factors. The club pointed to interest payments on their state-of-the-art ground, which is still under construction at Bramley Moore Dock.
The Russia-Ukraine conflict saw them lose a key sponsorship deal with USM, while they also took several painful hits during the Covid-stricken transfer market.
Everton stayed up by the skin of their teeth last season, and they will continue this term’s survival bid at home to Manchester United on Sunday, when a win could immediately lift them out of the drop zone.
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