Newcastle United's rivals lodge appeal against shock Premier League decision

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There was a major decision made by one of Newcastle United's Premier League rivals on Monday.

Nottingham Forest have confirmed they have lodged an appeal against the four-point deduction imposed on them for breaching the Premier League's Profit & Sustainability rules.

The City Ground outfit are not the first club to be sanctioned for failing to meet PSR criteria after Everton were hit with a ten-point deduction earlier in the season - although that was reduced to six points after the Toffees were successful with an appeal to the Premier League.

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Premier League clubs can lose up £105m over the course of a three-seasons period - but Forest's loss was limited to be £61m because they were a Championship club for two years of their assessment period. However, their punishment was limited to just four points after an 'early plea and cooperation' helped them stave off a possible six-point deduction.

Forest's punishment was confirmed in a statement released by the governing body last week and saw Nuno Espirito Santo's side slide into the relegation zone as they prepare host Crystal Palace on Saturday afternoon. However, Forest will hope for a similar outcome to Everton's appeal and land a boost to their bid to remain in the top tier.

A club statement released on Monday read: "Nottingham Forest can confirm that it has today lodged an appeal against the four point sanction imposed by the Commission in relation to the Club’s breach of the Premier League’s Profit & Sustainability Rules (PSR). The club will not be making any further statement at this time."

Newcastle United's own transfer plans have been impacted by their own battle with Profit and Sustainability regulations - and manager Eddie Howe has already revealed his frustrations that his plans for the future have been held back by the rules that have been put in place.

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Speaking earlier this season, he said: “It’s a frustration for everyone connected to us because the owners are very ambitious and they would like to help and improve the squad at every opportunity they have. The rules don’t allow that. We’re acting in the way we can.”

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