Amidst their dismal run in the Premier League, Everton were handed a breather when their points deduction was reduced from 10 to 6 following an appeal. This development provides only a minor positive push for the Toffees, as they still find themselves perilously close to the relegation zone.
In November 2023, Everton were handed the harshest penalty ever seen in Premier League history after an independent commission found them breaking financial rules by 19.5 million pounds, until the 2021-22 season. Although they had long denied any wrongdoing from their end, they eventually admitted during a hearing in October, that they exceeded the allowed £105 million losses over three years by 9.7 million pounds.
Additionally, the club is still dealing with a second Premier League charge for the period ending in 2022-23.
Upon the announcement of the decision, the Merseyside club released a statement in which they subtly appreciated the reduction while highlighting how it would affect their current season.
“While the Club is still digesting the Appeal Board’s decision, we are satisfied our appeal has resulted in a reduction in the points sanction…The Club is still considering the wider implications of the decision and will make no further comment at this time other than to place on record its thanks to our Fan Advisory Board and other fan groups throughout this process, and to all Evertonians for their ongoing support and patience,” EVerton’s statement said.
Everton’s Premier League season in 2023-2024 was dismal from the start and worsened when they were hit with a massive 10-point deduction. Despite the reduction in their points-penalty, Everton only managed to climb to 25 points, leaving them just 5 points away from the relegation zone.
The Sean Dyche-managed side will be looking to gain some momentum with this positive news and aim for safety with a positive result when they face West Ham on March 2 in the Premier League.
Everton have a tough calendar aligned for them as they face West Ham, Manchester United and Liverpool for their next 3 Premier League games