Everton and Nottingham Forest have today both been punished by the Premier League for breaching FFP rules.
It is the second time that Everton have been punished this season as they were deducted ten points in November.
That point deduction put Everton right back in another relegation battle even though Sean Dyche had got his side pushing for top half.
Nottingham Forest are the other side who have been charged by the Premier League so they may also be dragged into the scrap at the bottom of the table.
Everton have immediately released a statement in response to yet another charge.
Read the Everton statement here
Everton have said: “Everton Football Club acknowledges the Premier League’s decision to refer a breach of Profit & Sustainability rules (PS) for the assessment period ending with the 2022/23 season to an independent Premier League commission.
“This relates to a period which covers seasons 2019/20, 2020/21, 2021/22 and 2022/23. It therefore includes financial periods (2019/20, 2020/21 and2021/22) for which the Club has already received a 10-point sanction. The Club is currently appealing that sanction.
“The Premier League does not have guidelines which prevent a club being sanctioned for alleged breaches in financial periods which have already been subject to punishment, unlike other governing bodies, including the FL. As a result – and because of the Premier League’s new commitment to deal with such matters “in-season” – the Club is in a position where it has had no option but to submit a PS calculation which remains subject to change, pending the outcome of the appeal.
“The Club must now defend another Premier League complaint which includes the very same financial periods for which it has already been sanctioned, before that appeal has even been heard. The Club takes the view that this results from a clear deficiency in the Premier League’s rules.
“Everton can assure its fans that it will continue to defend its position during the ongoing appeal and, should it be required to do so, at any future commission – and that the impact on supporters will be reflected as part of that process.”
Like every side in the league Everton were required to submit accounts for the financial year that ended last summer by December 31, 2023 in order for the league to review the figures.
It was a three year cycle which the Premier League were investigating which for Everton included the transfer window spending under Frank Lampard whilst Forest went ahead and signed nearly 30 players in their first season back in the top tier.
The Premier League announced today that the charge is as a result of sustaining losses above the permitted thresholds for the assessment period ending Season 2022/23.
They also stated that both cases have now been referred to the chair of the Judicial Panel, who will appoint separate Commissions to determine the appropriate sanction.
Both Everton and Nottingham Forest will now be waiting nervously to see the full extent of their punishments and if it is a deduction in points.
It may hurt Everton more due to the fact they are just one point off the relegation zone due to their points deduction earlier on in the campaign.