The supporters of Everton gathered outside Goodison Park to protest the Premier League’s decision to dock 10 points off the club following an alleged breach of Financial Fair Play regulations. The penalty has angered the fans, especially in light of Manchester City having 115 FFP breaches under investigation without any punishment.
Everton’s defiant protest
Prior to the club’s first game since the points deduction against Manchester United, fans took to the streets in protest. The supporters were seen singing the club’s anthem and chanting anti-Premier League slogans. Banners, flares, and pink cards featuring the word ‘Corrupt’ were also part of the protest.
At Goodison Park, fans booed the Premier League anthem and held up the pink cards again in the tenth minute of the game to signify the points deduction. The Toffees are now 19th in the league table, leading to manager Sean Dyche describing the penalty as ‘unjust and disproportionate’. He mentioned that an appeal is pending and emphasized the need for the team to move forward despite the setback.
Sean Dyche stated in a pre-match press conference, “It’s disproportionate, it feels like it’s unjust. And there’s plenty of voices out there that feel the same. That said, what’s done is done for now – appeal pending – so we have to get on with it. That’s just the simple facts.”