RIVAL fans have joked Manchester City will end up playing in non-league following Everton’s points deduction.
The Toffees have been hit with a 10-point penalty by the Premier League after they were found guilty of breaching FFP rules.
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City were were charged in February over a series of alleged financial dodges between 2008 and 2019.
The Treble winners are challenging their 115 charges, though, and even suggested in May that the KC running the case could be biased because he is an Arsenal fan.
If they are found guilty, a financial expert has warned they could be RELEGATED from the Premier League.
The former adviser to Man City points out that the charges against the reigning Premier League champions are much more serious than those Everton have been found guilty of.
Everton’s points deduction has seen the club drop into the relegation zone, with Sean Dyche’s side only off the bottom on goal difference.
However, City could be hit with an even bigger penalty if they are also found guilty of breaching Premier League rules.
Following the news of Everton’s punishment, some rival fans even claimed City would end up being forced out of the Football League.
One supporter wrote: “If Everton have been docked 10 points, Man City should be playing in the National League by the time their case is heard!”
Another added: “The Premier League have a chance to do the funniest thing in history and dish out an immediate 1150 points deduction.”
A third fan reacted by commenting: “City must get triple that.”
Everton points deduction
EVERTON have become the first Premier League team to be deducted points for breaching Financial Fair Play regulations for profit and sustainability.
The Toffees’ ten-point hit comes after an independent Commission determined Everton recorded losses of £124.5million as per Premier League regulation calculations over the three years up to 2021-22 – exceeding the permitted £105m limit.
The Goodison Park club have posted financial deficits for five years in a row.
Manchester City are fighting 115 charges of FFP breaches put forward by the Premier League last season.
Only two clubs in Premier League history have been docked points.
Middlesbrough saw three points deducted in 1996-97 for failing to fulfil a fixture against Blackburn.
In March 2010, Portsmouth had nine points stripped for entering administration.
Both Middlesbrough and Portsmouth were relegated following their respective points punishments.
The ten-point deduction drops Everton to 19th in the Premier League table, level on four points with bottom-club Burnley.
Meanwhile, one more said: “By that logic, Man City should be relegated to League Two.”
But Everton fans have not seen the funny side.
One said: “This is totally harsh when city has 115 charges and nothing done to it or about it.”
Another added: “Do not take this lightly at all. Appeal and make sure this is OVERTURNED.”
And a third replied: “Relegation incoming .”
And the club have declared they will appeal the decision in a statement released earlier today.
They said: “Everton Football Club is both shocked and disappointed by the ruling of the Premier League’s Commission.
“The Club believes that the commission has imposed a wholly disproportionate and unjust sporting sanction. The club has already communicated its intention to appeal the decision to the Premier League. The appeal process will now commence and the club’s case will be heard by an Appeal Board appointed pursuant to the Premier League’s rules in due course.
“Everton maintains 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 recognise the finding that it failed to act with the utmost good faith and it does not understand this to have been an allegation made by the Premier League during the course of proceedings. Both the harshness and severity of the sanction imposed by the Commission are neither a fair nor a reasonable reflection of the evidence submitted.”
Everton’s sanction has taken place with immediate effect, with the Toffees dropping five places to 19th in the table.
They are the first Premier League team to be hit with a points deduction for breaching FFP rules.
The club have been punished for breaching profit and sustainability rules after recording financial losses of £44.7m for the 2021-22 season – bringing their three-year total to £124.5m
That exceeds the Premier League threshold, which permits a maximum loss of £105m across three years, by £19.5m.
Three clubs are already said to be planning legal action against the Toffees.
Leicester, Burnley and Leeds have been on the wrong end of relegation battles with Everton over the past two years.
And according to The Mail, they could seek as much as £300MILLION in damages – with each club estimating they lost around £100m from being relegated to the Championship.
Everton will be in the relegation mix again this season after today’s punishment.