Everton’s 10-point deduction for breach of Financial Fair Play (FFP) has set a precedent that could see both Manchester City and Chelsea relegated from the Premier League.
Everton was adjudged to have breached the Pemier League’s threshold, which allowed clubs to lose a maximum of £105 million ($130 million) over a three-year period or face sanctions.
The commission that heard the case concluded that the Tofees lost £124.5 million and concluded that a sporting sanction in the form of a 10-point deduction should be imposed.
Stefan Borson, a former financial advisor to Manchester City, has argued that the sanction imposed on Everton has set a precedent that could see City and Chelsea relegated from the Premier League as both clubs face counts of FFP breaches.
Only two other clubs have received points deductions in Premier League history: Middlesbrough were deducted three points for failing to fulfill a fixture against Blackburn during the 1996/97 season, and in 2010, Portsmouth were deducted nine points after going into administration. Both clubs were unable to avoid relegation.
Everton has announced that the club will appeal the ‘harsh’ sanction against the club, maintaining that it has been open and transparent in the information it has provided to the Premier League and that it has always respected the integrity of the process.
The club does not recognize the finding that it failed to act with the utmost good faith and does not understand this to have been an allegation made by the Premier League during the course of proceedings.