Newcastle United, Aston Villa & West Ham’s Premier League rivals risk relegation with ‘record-breaking’ points deduction

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Everton are potentially looking at a 12-point deduction due to alleged FFP rule breaks.

Newcastle United’s top flight rivals Everton are staring at some potentially detrimental news to their 2023/24 season. The Telegraph has revealed that the Premier League has recommended the Toffees receive a hefty punishment for allegedly ‘breaching profit and sustainability rules.’

Everton have fought against relegation for the last two seasons on the bounce and now they could be at serious risk of actually going down to the Championship. The recommended punishment in question is a 12-point deduction, as the Premier League wants to set a strong example to other clubs regarding Financial Fair Play rules.

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If the Blues are found guilty of breaching the regulations in place and are hit with the maximum deduction, they will plummet to the bottom of the table and drop to –5 points. This would be the biggest points deduction in Premier League history, overtaking the nine points Portsmouth dropped in 2010 after entering administration.

Everton’s case is being reviewed by an independent commission, who will make the final decision at the end of the process. The Merseyside club is thought to have recorded £371.8million in financial losses over the last three years. Everton are ready to ‘robustly defend’ themselves as they believe they have complied with FFP regulations.

The Blues have explained that the financial impacts of the Covid-19 pandemic are to blame for their losses and are confident this will be enough to satisfy the independent commission.

Everton entered the 2023/24 season after fighting for their survival in the Premier League for the second year running. They have picked up two wins from a possible nine this term and sit three points above the drop-zone on seven points. The club is also in the midst of a potential takeover, with American company 777 Partners looking to purchase Farhad Moshiri’s 94 per cent sharehold in the club.

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