Any further sanctions could force the club into administration and result in an additional nine-point deduction
Everton are in serious danger of losing their Premier League status. Burnley, Leeds and Leicester all have appeals that could see the Toffees plunge into deeper crisis than they already are. Everton have been hit with a record-breaking 10-point deduction from the Premier League for breaching Financial Fair Play and sustainability rules, dropping them to 19th in the league.
But the worst is yet to come. With three former and current top-flight clubs said to be planning to take legal action against the club, additional sanctions could force the club into administration and result in a additional nine-point deduction, according to The Daily Mail.
Leeds and Burnley wrote a letter to FA in 2022 that is believed to have influenced Everton’s original punishment. The two clubs were fighting for survival in the Premier League. Burnley ultimately went down to the Championship before gaining promotion right away.
Leeds were at the bottom of the Championship last season and were joined in the relegation zone by Leicester. They both finished in the bottom three. Leicester went down on the last day of the season along with Leeds. Although Everton managed to stay up in the top flight. Now both clubs along with Burnley have confirmed plans to take matters to the next level now, the same report states.
Everton staring down the barrel
All three clubs are in the process of preparing a £100m claim for each of them on the basis of lost Premier League revenue, as they all went down in seasons where Everton were found guilty of spending too much.
If the three teams’ latest plans are successful, it could leave the Toffees with an outstanding compensation bill that they don’t have the cash to pay. This could lead to administration and, according to Premier League rules introduced in 2004, an automatic nine-point deduction.
Portsmouth have been subject to such a point deduction before. In the 2009-10 campaign, they were deducted nine points for going into administration. The points deduction came into effect immediately and all but confirmed what was already a probable relegation.
An independent panel of three members appointed by the Premier League will hear the appeal of Burnley, Leicester and Leeds. Everton’s original 10-point sanction leaves them two points adrift of safety, and 12 points adrift of second-from-bottom Burnley.