Leeds United’s relegation rivals Everton may be due to face a points deduction after it has been alleged that they breached Profitability and Sustainability rules – with their fate to be decided by an independent commission.
The alleged infringements occurred in the period ending 2021/22, with Everton now becoming the second Premier League club this term to be referred to an independent body over Financial Fair Play (FFP) breaches following Manchester City earlier this season.
The Premier League’s statement, in full, reads as follows (as per Yorkshire Evening Post):
“In accordance with Premier League Rule W.82.1, the Premier League confirms that it has today referred an alleged breach of the League’s Profitability and Sustainability Rules by Everton Football Club to a Commission under Premier League Rule W.3.4. The assessment period for which it is alleged that the Club is in breach is the period ending Season 2021/22.
“Commissions are independent of the Premier League and member clubs. The members of the Commission will be appointed by the independent Chair of the Premier League Judicial Panel, in accordance with Premier League Rules W.19, W.20 and W.26.
“The proceedings before the Commission will, in accordance with Premier League Rule W.82, be confidential and heard in private. Under Premier League Rule W.82.2, the Commission’s final award will be published on the Premier League’s website. The League will be making no further comment until that time.”
A points deduction, transfer embargoes, reduced playing squads, fines, and potentially even expulsion from the top-flight exist as potential punishments for the Merseyside club.
Were Everton to be found guilty of financial mismanagement and face immediate consequences it would prove a significant boost to the Whites, who currently sit level in the table with Sean Dyche’s side on 26 points.